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Feb 28 2020 28

Propinquity is a noun that means nearness or proximity.

The Latin word prope (PRO pay) which means ‘near’ has given birth to our word of the day and its cousin ‘proximity.’ Propinquity is the older member of the family, having entered English in the 14th century.

Both words are roughly translated to ‘nearness’ but propinquity often conveys a sense of being closer than just ‘in the vicinity’ which is what proximity usually means. For example: As much as I loved the proximity of the football stadium a few blocks away, the propinquity of the hammock in the back yard made for a more relaxing afternoon.