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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Thomas repeated his view that the 1st Amendment applies only to the federal government and does not prevent states or localities from favoring religion. David G. Savage, latimes.com, "Supreme Court says 40-foot Maryland cross can stand as war memorial," 20 June 2019 The justices later extended that right to states and localities. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "New York City limits on transporting guns eased in effort to get Supreme Court challenge dismissed," 19 June 2019 The case raises a series of questions about the limits of federal oversight and the jurisdictional authority of states and localities. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Mississippi’s Mental-Illness Policies Are Working. DOJ Is Challenging Them.," 17 June 2019 As of 2018, only four states — California, Maryland, New Jersey and New York — and Washington, D.C., had localities with some type of rent control. New York Times, "How New Rent Laws in N.Y. Help All Tenants," 21 June 2019 Maryland, for example, extended a large slate of tax breaks to Opportunity Zones and allowed localities to slash property taxes for projects on vacant lots. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "A 'mind boggling' tax break was meant to help the poor. But trendy areas are winning too," 14 June 2019 States and localities can't create much in the way of guardrails for Opportunity Zones. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "A 'mind boggling' tax break was meant to help the poor. But trendy areas are winning too," 14 June 2019 In a letter to congressional leaders, the president wrote that locality pay increases would cost $25 billion. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Trump cancels planned January pay increase for civilian federal workers," 30 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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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