Definition of propinquity in English:

propinquity

Line breaks: pro¦pin|quity
Pronunciation: /prəˈpɪŋkwɪti
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1 formal The state of being close to someone or something; proximity: he kept his distance as though afraid propinquity might lead him into temptation
    More example sentences
    • He found himself disgusted with their close propinquity.
    • Frequency of successful exchange between taxa will depend on propinquity, metabolic compatibility, adaptations to their abiotic environment, gene expression systems, and gene transfer mechanisms.
    • Due to historical ties and geographic propinquity, until the middle of the 14th century, Galician and Portuguese were in fact the same language, known as ‘Galaico Portugues’.
    Synonyms
    proximity, closeness, nearness, adjacency
    rare contiguity, contiguousness, vicinity, vicinage

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French propinquité, from Latin propinquitas, from propinquus 'near', from prope 'near to'.

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