pro·​vin·​ci·​al·​i·​ty | \ prə-ˌvin(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce provinciality (audio) \
plural provincialities

Definition of provinciality

2 : an act or instance of provincialism

Examples of provinciality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My Camp Ramah might as well have been your Newark, fifty years later and in Southern California, for all its Jewish insularity and provinciality. Elisa Albert, Longreads, "Etta or Bessie or Dora or Rose," 24 May 2018 But overemphasizing that provinciality ignores the expanding world of print that America’s learned few—and those who absorbed their ideas—knew well. Mark G. Spencer, WSJ, "‘Lexington and Concord’ Review: The First Round of a Long Fight," 18 Apr. 2018 And so that was a test of our provinciality (laughs). John Mcmurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ferlinghetti speaks out at 99, his voice as vital as ever," 21 Mar. 2018 Before the early-modern period, when adventuring sailboats accelerated the mixing of peoples and their bugs, human provinciality was a guard against pandemic. David Wallace-wells, Daily Intelligencer, "When Will the Planet Be Too Hot For Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.," 9 July 2017

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First Known Use of provinciality

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Provinciality.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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