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  • Noun

propinquity

proh-PING-kwi-tee

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The propinquity of the two neighboring farmers explains why they have so much in common: living so closely to each other gives them ample opportunity to influence each other. The propinquity or closeness of their respective small farms sparked a new idea in both of them. They decided to capitalize on this propinquity or nearness of location by merging the harvest of their separate farms to meet the needs of higher paying organic produce buyers.

Quiz: What is propinquity?

  • Proximity or nearness to another.
  • Opportunity caused by favorable circumstances.
  • The ability to influence another person.

Memory Hook
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Propinquity Promise Pinkie in Proximity (Pinkie Swear) Two friends make a promise by putting their pinkies in propinquity, or proximity, to each other.

Examples
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  • Fans of her acerbic humor may be hoping that the comedian has something special in store for an audience that lives in such propinquity to the powers she has repeatedly targeted. —The Washington Post
  • Some of the old-timers apparently still speak the Aztec language of Nahuatl, which can be blamed for the tongue-twisting propinquity of Ts, Ls and Zs in the names of local towns. —Los Angeles Times
  • Theories of interpersonal attraction identify factors that affect the likelihood of improved interracial relations, such as propinquity, similarity, personal status, and reciprocity. —BNET
  • The reason some of the season’s greatest performances and most dramatic moments unfold in these miniseries should be clear to anyone who understands that love and hate and in-your-face are especially heightened by propinquity. —Sports Illustrated

Word Ingredients
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prop near
-ity state or quality

The propinquity of something is its “state or quality” of being “near” to another thing.

Word Constellation
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Propinquity