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Examples of proximity in a Sentence
the proximity of the curtains to the fireplace was a cause of concern for the safety inspector
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First, is his family business benefiting financially from his role and from his proximity to the president?
Fishermen typically set nets at night when swordfish are near the surface hunting prey, Shester said, but that puts them in close proximity to other fish, turtles and marine mammals.
The explosion worsened longstanding worries in Colorado about the proximity of oil and gas wells to homes, schools and businesses, especially northeast of Denver, where both the population and drilling have expanded rapidly in the past decade.
In addition to USC, the Museum of Narrative Art will be within close proximity to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the California Science Center and the California African American Museum.
Called Waterline Square for its proximity to the Hudson River, the 1,132-unit mixed-use condo and rental development is from GID Development Group, the last in a line of developers to control the property.
Monaco's close proximity to Italy and France also makes for a fun game of where to have dinner on any given night.
The apartment complex is not, however, served by Maryland American, despite its proximity to the treatment plant.
Following the meeting, Hansen said she was bothered by the proximity of the drive-through exit, with traffic going left into Ogden Avenue's eastbound lanes.
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The history of "proximity" hinges on the idea of closeness, both physical and metaphorical. English speakers borrowed the word from Middle French, which in turn acquired it from Latin proximitat-, proximitas, forms of the adjective proximus, meaning "nearest" or "next." A number of other languages, including Catalan, Portuguese, and Italian, derived similar words from Latin proximus. Other descendants of "proximus" in English include "proximal," "proximate," and the somewhat more rare "approximal" (meaning "contiguous").
Origin and Etymology of proximity
Middle French proximité, from Latin proximitat-, proximitas, from proximus
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of proximity for English Language Learners
: the state of being near
Legal Definition of proximity
: the quality or state of being proximate
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