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

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And boasting of 1,300 local jurisdictions that have signed on for federal monitoring also means that roughly nine out of 10 of these localities in the US have opted out of a free, vital program. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 But the order will likely lead to lawsuits because the FCC mostly disregarded the concerns of localities, according to consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai slams cities and towns as FCC erases $2 billion in local fees," 26 Sep. 2018 The Virginia General Assembly in 2011 authorized localities to develop Resident Curator programs. Alison Lake, Washington Post, "Resident Curator program offers a historic Virginia home for lease. Repairs needed.," 27 May 2018 The governor’s office said that the city has been out of compliance since 2015 with a state law that requires localities to adopt plans to provide housing that keeps pace with job and population growth. Nour Malas, WSJ, "California Sues City Over Lack of Affordable Housing," 25 Jan. 2019 Now, the state is doling out money to localities from reserve funding and gas taxes to finance repairs of roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Sarah Chaney And Heather Gillers, WSJ, "State and Local Investment Gets Lift From Rising Revenues," 15 Dec. 2018 Similarly, its primary competitor, Lime, also exists in many localities nationwide, including New York, Wisconsin, and Louisiana, among others. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Can cities ban e-scooters in the name of public safety? Bird says no way," 4 Nov. 2018 Facundo Menossi, who leads horse tours at sunrise, sunset, and under the full moon through the locality and the park, is a typical story. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Atins, a Hidden Paradise on the Northeast Coast of Brazil," 18 Jan. 2019 In his dissent, John Roberts, the chief justice, noted the country had over 10,000 tax localities, many of which have their own arcane laws on how different products should be taxed. The Economist, "Amazon wins from a Supreme Court ruling," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of locality

circa 1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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