- nearness in place; proximity.
- nearness of relation; kinship.
- affinity of nature; similarity.
- nearness in time.
Origin of propinquity
Examples from the Web for propinquity
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
The birds had now nothing to fear from the propinquity of the hut.The Forest Exiles
- nearness in place or time
- nearness in relationship
Word Origin and History for propinquity
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]