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.’
- ‘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’.’
- ‘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.’
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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