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propinquity

[proh-ping-kwi-tee]
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noun
  1. nearness in place; proximity.
  2. nearness of relation; kinship.
  3. affinity of nature; similarity.
  4. nearness in time.
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Origin of propinquity

1350–1400; Middle English propinquite < Latin propinquitās nearness, equivalent to propinqu(us) near (prop(e) near (see pro-1) + -inquus adj. suffix) + -itās -ity
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Examples from the Web for propinquity

Historical Examples

  • Your mother is as ignorant of the propinquity as Greta herself.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • We really drifted into an engagement more because of propinquity than anything else.

    'Smiles'

    Eliot H. Robinson

  • Just that I was wrong; and I admit freely that I was wrong in scoffing at the propinquity.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • She appeared to have forgotten the propinquity of other persons.

    The Last Woman

    Ross Beeckman

  • The birds had now nothing to fear from the propinquity of the hut.


British Dictionary definitions for propinquity

propinquity

noun
  1. nearness in place or time
  2. nearness in relationship
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin propinquitās closeness, from propinquus near, from prope near by
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Word Origin and History for propinquity

n.

late 14c., "nearness in relation, kinship," later also "physical nearness" (early 15c.), from Old French propinquite (13c.) and directly from Latin propinquitatem (nominative propinquitas) "nearness, vicinity; relationship, affinity," from propinquus "near, neighboring," from prope "near" (enlarged from PIE *pro "before;" see pro-) + suffix -inquus.

Nothing propinks like propinquity [Ian Fleming, chapter heading, "Diamonds are Forever," 1956; phrase popularized 1960s by U.S. diplomat George Ball]
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