Prox·im·i·ty n. The quality or state of being next in time, place, causation, influence, etc.; immediate nearness, either in place, blood, or alliance.
If he plead proximity of blood
That empty title is with ease withstood. --Dryden.
n 1: the property of being close together [syn: propinquity]
2: the region close around a person or thing
3: a Gestalt principle of organization holding that (other
things being equal) objects or events that are near to one
another (in space or time) are perceived as belonging
together as a unit [syn: law of proximity]