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[prok-sim-i-tee] /prɒkˈsɪm ɪ ti/
nearness in place, time, order, occurrence, or relation.
Origin of proximity
First recorded in 1475-85, proximity is from the Latin word proximitās nearness, vicinity. See proximal, -ity
Related forms
nonproximity, noun Unabridged
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  • She dropped into her chair, with a flash of resentment at the proximity of the other table.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The situation was, however, complicated by the proximity of the Afghan frontier.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • He believed afterward that before he saw him he had felt the proximity of Slade.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • She made him appear at his best, but she cheapened that best by her proximity.

    The Greater Inclination Edith Wharton
  • Does that mean that I should take advantage of its proximity and leave?

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
British Dictionary definitions for proximity


nearness in space or time
nearness or closeness in a series
Word Origin
C15: from Latin proximitās closeness; see proximate
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Word Origin and History for proximity

late 15c., from Middle French proximité "nearness" (14c.), from Latin proximitatem (nominative proximitas) "nearness, vicinity," from proximus "nearest, next; most direct; adjoining," figuratively "latest, most recent; next, following; most faithful," superlative of prope "near" (see propinquity).

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