from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Ecology The restriction of the range of a plant or animal population to a province or group of provinces.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being provincial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being provincial; peculiarity of language characteristic of a province.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being provincial.


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  • But we have got fixed in our minds that a more full and harmonious development of their humanity is what the Nonconformists most want, that narrowness, one-sidedness, and incompleteness is what they most suffer from; [xix] in a word, that in what we call provinciality they abound, but in what we may call totality they fall short.

    Culture and Anarchy

  • I have noticed among my Mexican friends a certain provinciality.


  • Though he concedes I lack "provinciality," I must say this sure is pretty fuddlin 'stuff to us boondoctors.


  • Mr Arnold is right on the average qualities of French prose; whether he is right about the "provinciality" of Jeremy Taylor as compared to Bossuet or not, he is right about "critical freaks," though, by the way -- but it is perhaps unnecessary to finish that sentence.

    Matthew Arnold

  • For too long, thinking has been dulled by provinciality and pork.

    I heart Chris Christie

  • Angie's pragmatism was a foil for Mara's dynamism, Paige's business sense countered Peter's provinciality.

    Broken Symmetry

  • What I valued about the old museum is that it successfully (if rather unintentionally) conveyed the peculiar spirit of Nixon in all of his petty provinciality, constitutional criminality, delusional grandiosity, and world-class paranoia.

    John Seery: Cover-up of a Cover-up of a Cover-up

  • In my books I have described in some detail how this basic fact evoked a Checkovian sense of provinciality, and how, by another route, it led to my questioning my authenticity.

    Orhan Pamuk - Nobel Lecture

  • I would complain about Florida—the retrograde politics, the provinciality, the heat, the bugs—and I would live there.

    Dream State

  • Which is to say, I'm a ghost of media past, and not only for my content provinciality.

    Stephanie Sandberg: Media Present


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