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noun (propinquit, ies)
  1. nearness or proximity
  • 1964: Community without " Melvin M Webber The Urban Place and the Non-Place Urban Realm in Explorations into Urban Structure ed Webber et al (Pennsylvania, 1964)
  • 1973: Surely, too, it would be a waste of an agent, for after several hours of I could scarcely fail to recognise him in the future. " Kyril Bonfigliori, Don't Point That Thing at Me (Penguin 2001, p. 70)
  • 1976: Nothing "propinques" like propinquity. - Walter Mondale, ("... But Carter clearly saw the value of physical proximity to the Oval Office and to the senior White House staff, and it tumed out to have been a fortuitous insight on his part. To be just a few steps down the hall from the president and to be in the traffic pattem of the West Wing was to have profound consequences for Mondale's being "in the loop" of the Carter White House. Nothing propinques like propinquity, Mondale would say after a few weeks in his new office...." - from "PRESENT AT THE CREATION OF THE MODERN VICE PRESIDENCY - A Personal Reflection" By Richard Moe <http://www.hhh.umn.edu/img/assets/24592/Reflection%20on%20VP.pdf>)
  • 1979: A person's mere to others independently suspected of criminal activity does not, without more, give rise to probable cause to search that person. Ybarra v. Illinois, 444 U.S. 85, 86 (1979).
  • 1985: There was also the question of Julius"s glandular responses to the almost daily of his Empress, so naked under her lawn. " Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked
    1. affiliation or similarity
  • 1976: Nothing "propinques" like propinquity. - Walter Mondale, ("...To be just a few steps down the hall from the president and to be in the traffic pattem of the West Wing was to have profound consequences for Mondale's being "in the loop" of the Carter White House. Nothing propinques like propinquity, Mondale would say after a few weeks in his new office...." - from "PRESENT AT THE CREATION OF THE MODERN VICE PRESIDENCY - A Personal Reflection" By Richard Moe <http://www.hhh.umn.edu/img/assets/24592/Reflection%20on%20VP.pdf>)
  • 1997: Decent people out there. Russ wants to believe they are still assembled in some recognizable manner, the kindred unit at the radio, old lines and ties and propinquities. " Don DeLillo?, Underworld
  • 1979: A person's mere to others independently suspected of criminal activity does not, without more, give rise to probable cause to search that person. Ybarra v. Illinois, 444 U.S. 85, 86 (1979).
  • Etymology: From Old French propinquité or Latin propinquitas, from propinquus "neighbouring" (from prope "near").


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