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n. pl. pro·vin·ci·al·i·ties
2. Ecology The restriction of the range of a plant or animal population to a province or group of provinces.
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(prəˌvɪn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. provincial character; provincialism.
2. a provincial characteristic.
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His report of it was clumsy and farcical; but in a large, loose way it was like enough; at least he had caught the note of our self-satisfied, intolerant, and hypocritical provinciality, and this was not altogether lost in his mocking horse-play.
It shows how a local provinciality can spend its money wisely, instead of on graft and kickbacks.
The researchers dissipate the myth regarding the provinciality of the newspaper published in Latvia until the Soviet annexation and reveal the real role of this publication in the emigrant press.
Du Bois) and focused on critiquing Western provinciality and racism, by challenging the modes of thought produced by the Enlightenment.
For the other, we must be cautious against the prize becoming Western culture' s Asian broker without falling for provinciality and parochiality.
But ultimately his account of the rise and fall of the Nigerian Eastern Mail points to the historically contingent concerns of readers, and exemplifies the 'provinciality of these Creole newspapers' (p.
In some sense, and while acknowledging the provinciality of the characterization, we might then consider this a prototype of law or, to use Max Weber's terminology, an "ideal type" (63) of law, even as we recognize that there is nothing ideal in any broader or evaluative sense about an ideal type and even as we acknowledge that others at other times and in other cultures might have different prototypes or ideal types.
The provinciality of Silurian fish is one line of evidence used in trying to locate the boundary between the Gander and Avalon terranes in coastal Maine and New Brunswick (H.
The Fin provided a vehicle to transcend this provinciality. Federalism was evidently a work in progress.
A whole new globalised provinciality reigns now, the product of class distinctions fostered in the Rogernomic and Ruthenasian counter-revolutions Brasch would doubtless have deplored but for which his own political unconscious fostered uncanny affinities.
(9) Jerome Hamilton Buckley describes the Bildungsroman as a "novel of formation" that addresses several of the following themes: "Childhood, the conflict of generations, provinciality, the larger society, self-education, alienation, ordeal by love, the search for a vocation and a working philosophy." See Buckley, Season of Youth: The Bildungsroman from Dickens to Golding (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1974), 18.
(4) The unusual provinciality shown by the bivalve fauna has also been observed in the coeval Ammonite fauna of the Salt Range and the Surghar Range.