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propinquity

Syllabification: pro·pin·qui·ty
Pronunciation: /prəˈpiNGkwədē
 
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Definition of propinquity in English:

noun

1The 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’.
2 technical Close kinship.

Origin

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

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