noun, plural cen·tral·i·ties.

a central position or state: the centrality of the sun.
a vital, critical, or important position: the centrality of education to modern civilization.

Origin of centrality

First recorded in 1640–50; central1 + -ity
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noun plural -ties

the state or condition of being central
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Word Origin and History for centrality

1640s; see central (adj.) + -ity.

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