### Princeton's WordNet

proximity, propinquitynoun

the property of being close together

**Synonyms:**

propinquity, proximity, law of proximity

### English Synonyms and Antonyms

propinquity

In mathematics,

*approximation*is not guesswork, not looseness, and not error. The process of*approximation*is as exact and correct at every point as that by which an absolute result is secured; the result only fails of exactness because of some inherent difficulty in the problem. The attempt to "square the circle" gives only an*approximate*result, because of the impossibility of expressing the circumference in terms of the radius. But the limits of error on either side are known, and the*approximation*has practical value. Outside of mathematics, the correct use of*approximation*(and the kindred words*approximate*and*approximately*) is to express as near an approach to accuracy and certainty as the conditions of human thought or action in any given case make possible.*Resemblance*and*similarity*may be but superficial and apparent;*approximation*is real.*Approach*is a relative term, indicating that one has come nearer than before, tho the distance may yet be considerable; an*approximation*brings one really near.*Nearness*,*neighborhood*, and*propinquity*are commonly used of place;*approximation*, of mathematical calculations and abstract reasoning; we speak of*approach*to the shore,*nearness*to the town,*approximation*to the truth.**Synonyms:**

approach, approximation, contiguity, likeness, nearness, neighborhood, resemblance, similarity**Antonyms:**

difference, distance, error, remoteness, unlikeness, variation**Preposition:**

The approximation*of*the vegetable*to*the animal type.

### Dictionary of English Synonymes

propinquitynoun

**Synonyms:**

nearness, proximity, vicinity, neighborhoodpropinquitynoun

**Synonyms:**

kindred, affinity

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