from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Proximity; nearness.
  • n. Kinship.
  • n. Similarity in nature.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Nearness or proximity.
  • n. Affiliation or similarity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Nearness in place; neighborhood; proximity.
  • n. Nearness in time.
  • n. Nearness of blood; kindred; affinity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nearness in place; neighborhood.
  • n. Nearness in time.
  • n. Nearness of blood; kindred.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of being close together


Middle English propinquite, from Old French, from Latin propinquitās, from propinquus, near; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French propinquité or Latin propinquitas, from propinquus ‘neighbouring’ (from prope ‘near’). (Wiktionary)


  • Carey, so powerful in propinquity, might even have ended by learning to love Tannis and marrying her, to his own worldly undoing.

    Further Chronicles of Avonlea

  • But it is not the way for a man and a woman, in propinquity, to maintain a definite, unwavering distance asunder.

    The Little Lady of the Big House, by Jack London

  • He was not only the male heir in propinquity of blood, but his experienced years and known virtues excited all true Scots to place him on the throne.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • Eight weeks came and went, -- eight wonderfully happy weeks to Debby and her friend; for "propinquity" had worked more wonders than poor Mrs. Carroll knew, as the only one she saw or guessed was the utter captivation of Joe Leavenworth.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 70, August, 1863

  • It may have been the effect of what Byron would call "blind contact," and the sage Mrs. Broadhurst "propinquity;" or it may have been that his hour was come.

    The Partisan Leader: A Novel...

  • The father and mother sat -- not side by side, in that propinquity which is so sweet, when every breath, every touch of the beloved's garment gives pleasure; they sat one at each corner of the table, engrossed in their several occupations; reading with an uncommunicative eagerness, and sewing in unbroken silence.

    Olive A Novel

  • I used to joke, “Nothing propinques like propinquity.”

    The Good Fight

  • Told you so much a reprise, of cherry brown thighs, propinquity of bees.

    What Quenapril Willed To The Follicle

  • That visceral, literal connection to infinity, the propinquity of God.

    Shortcut Man

  • I'm unconvinced; I would argue that the cultural productivity Mennel properly celebrates is based equally on selfishness and cooperation, but neither could produce results without the relentless propinquity of city life.

    Frank Gruber: Jane Jacobs vs. Andy Warhol: Who Knew?


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