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- Nearness or proximity.
- Synonym: appropinquity (obsolete)
- 1963, Melvin M. Webber, “Order in Diversity: Community without Propinquity”, in Lowdon Wingo Jr., editor, Cities and Space: The Future Use of Urban Land, page 43:
- Yet, never before in human history has it been so easy to communicate across long distances. Never before have men been able to maintain intimate and continuing contact with others across thousands of miles; never has intimacy been so independent of spatial propinquity.
- 1973, Kyril Bonfiglioli, Don't Point That Thing at Me, Penguin, published 2001, page 70:
- Surely, too, it would be a waste of an agent, for after several hours of propinquity I could scarcely fail to recognise him in the future.
- 2021 January 28, Sam Knight, “Adam Curtis Explains It All”, in The New Yorker:
- A seventy-second section of the film, spelling out the concept of time and propinquity, involves archival footage of (and this is an incomplete list) American cars going through an underpass; flaring streetlights; two men in loud suits, their faces out of the frame, smoking cigars and drinking whisky while sitting on garden furniture on the balcony of a high rise; […]
- Affiliation or similarity.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i], lines 112–115, page 284:
- Heere I diſclaime all my Paternall care, / Propinquity and property of blood, / And as a ſtranger to my heart and me, / Hold thee from this for euer.
- 1979, Ybarra v. Illinois, 444 U.S. 85, 86 (1979):
- [A] person's mere propinquity to others independently suspected of criminal activity does not, without more, give rise to probable cause to search that person.
- 2012, Andrew Marr (heard at the Leveson inquiry.)
- Propinquity and corruption don't always go side by side.