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[proh-ping-kwi-tee] /proʊˈpɪŋ kwɪ ti/
nearness in place; proximity.
nearness of relation; kinship.
affinity of nature; similarity.
nearness in time.
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 Unabridged
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  • Your mother is as ignorant of the propinquity as Greta herself.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • The birds had now nothing to fear from the propinquity of the hut.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • Now as regards the question of jealousy as cause of Avoidance, residence and propinquity will evidently have a powerful effect.

  • It did not appear to him to be a matter of a dark night and a propinquity and so on.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • It's propinquity and home ties which make marriage a success; the life of an actor precludes domesticity.

    My Actor-Husband Anonymous
  • That same chord within him thrilled to her voice, her propinquity.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • He did not wish her to fancy that he was desirous of having a subtle influence of propinquity as an ally.

    Phyllis of Philistia Frank Frankfort Moore
  • That is the penalty of prairie life; there is no escape from propinquity.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
  • Just that I was wrong; and I admit freely that I was wrong in scoffing at the propinquity.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • propinquity was not doing all that Mrs. Rathburn had anticipated.

    The Fighting Shepherdess
    Caroline Lockhart
British Dictionary definitions for propinquity


nearness in place or time
nearness in relationship
Word Origin
C14: from Latin propinquitās closeness, from propinquus near, from prope near by
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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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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