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  • 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’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    proximity, closeness, nearness, adjacency
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  • 2 technical Close kinship.

    close kinship, close relationship, family connection, blood ties, consanguinity
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/prəˈpiNGkwədē/ /prəˈpɪŋkwədi/


Late Middle English from Old French propinquité, from Latin propinquitas, from propinquus ‘near’, from prope ‘near to’.