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 formsnon·prox·im·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for proximities

Historical Examples of proximities

  • It happened with the kindly and approving smiles of the more experienced elders who had organised these proximities.

    The New Machiavelli

    Herbert George Wells

British Dictionary definitions for proximities



nearness in space or time
nearness or closeness in a series

Word Origin for proximity

C15: from Latin proximitās closeness; see proximate
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Word Origin and History for proximities



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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