lo·​cal·​i·​ty | \ lō-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce locality (audio) \
plural localities

Definition of locality

1 : the fact or condition of having a location in space or time
2 : a particular place, situation, or location

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Examples of locality in a Sentence

The plant has only been found in one locality. a locality with high housing prices
Recent Examples on the Web Texas’ state legislature then followed up with a law that effectively prohibited any locality from putting a similar ban on fracking, and generally weakened local governments’ ability to restrict drilling permits. Camille Squires, Quartz, 18 Sep. 2021 Fairfax is so far the only locality in the Washington region to head down the same path. Washington Post, 27 July 2021 But Carlo said people shouldn’t rely on word from federal or international health officials about the end of the pandemic, because cases and transmission can differ by locality. Dallas News, 15 July 2021 In a message to Congress released on Friday, the President recommended how the pay increase would be divided, saying the equation would be made up of an across-the-board base pay increase of 2.2% with locality pay increases averaging 0.5%. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 27 Aug. 2021 This principle, which physicists call locality, was long regarded as a bedrock assumption about the laws of physics. Quanta Magazine, 20 July 2021 The state Supreme Court threw out that lawsuit in April and cleared the way for Charlottesville — or any other locality in the state — to pass judgment on the fate of its Confederate icons. BostonGlobe.com, 8 June 2021 However, even with a court victory, Arizona would still have four separate income-tax brackets, coupled with — once city and locality sales taxes are thrown in — an already high sales tax . . . Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 5 June 2021 Another complication: Votes will be weighted based on each locality’s performance in past GOP contests. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of locality

circa 1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of locality was circa 1538

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“Locality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locality. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of locality

: a particular place or area


lo·​cal·​i·​ty | \ lō-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce locality (audio) \
plural localities

Kids Definition of locality

: a place and its surroundings

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