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The part or area near the centre. Only in prepositional phrases, especially "to (the) centreward". rare.
1Towards or in the direction of the centre; = centrewards.
2Towards the political centre; in the direction of political moderation.
1Occurring or moving towards or near the centre; that is situated or positioned near the centre.
2That tends or moves towards the political centre.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Taylor (1576–1632), Church of England clergyman. From centre + -ward.
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