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1. Proximity; nearness.
2. Kinship.
3. Similarity in nature.

[Middle English propinquite, from Old French, from Latin propinquitās, from propinquus, near; see per in Indo-European roots.]


1. nearness in place or time
2. nearness in relationship
[C14: from Latin propinquitās closeness, from propinquus near, from prope near by]


(proʊˈpɪŋ kwɪ ti)

1. nearness in time or place; proximity.
2. nearness of relation; kinship.
[1350–1400; Middle English propinquite < Latin propinquitās nearness]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.propinquity - the property of being close together
nearness, closeness - the spatial property resulting from a relatively small distance; "the sudden closeness of the dock sent him into action"


[prəˈpɪŋkwɪtɪ] N (frm) (= nearness) → propincuidad f; (= kinship) → consanguinidad f, parentesco m


n (form)Nähe f(to zu); (in time) → zeitliche Nähe (to zu); (of relationship)nahe Verwandtschaft (to mit)
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SOCIAL THEORIES: Social theories include the Physical Attraction Theory, The Propinquity Effect, The Exposure/Familiarity Effect, The Similarity Attraction Effect, The Concepts of Actual Similarity and Perceived Similarity and The Concept of Complementarity as opposed to Similarity in a Relationship.
PROPINQUITY EFFECT: According to Rowland Miller, Propinquity Effect is defined as "the likelihood/chances of a friendship or a romantic relationship blossoming is directly proportional to the amount of visual and verbal interactions between the two people".
It should not be surprising, given the propinquity effect, our relational design as sexual creatures, and the generally benevolent nature of romantic attraction, when a man and woman form a belief that such attraction is a good thing.