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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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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.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • 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 is the consciousness of the propinquity of some deadly and loathsome disease.

  • That same chord within him thrilled to her voice, her propinquity.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • Our propinquity was evidently neither novel nor discomposing.

  • That is the penalty of prairie life; there is no escape from propinquity.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
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]

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