One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1formal The state of being close to someone or something; proximity.‘he kept his distance as though afraid propinquity might lead him into temptation’
proximity, closeness, nearness, adjacencyView synonyms
- ‘Frequency of successful exchange between taxa will depend on propinquity, metabolic compatibility, adaptations to their abiotic environment, gene expression systems, and gene transfer mechanisms.’
- ‘Sexual relationships tend to grow with propinquity and propinquity includes propinquity of work.’
- ‘Physical propinquity, propinquity in time and space, with relationship to disasters having a physical cause but resulting in nervous shock, to use that expression, may well - well, I would assume, does give rise to a relationship.’
- ‘He found himself disgusted with their close propinquity.’
- ‘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’.’
2technical Close kinship.close kinship, close relationship, family connection, blood ties, consanguinityView synonyms
Late Middle English: from Old French propinquité, from Latin propinquitas, from propinquus ‘near’, from prope ‘near to’.
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