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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: gravité, from Latin gravitas, from gravis; GRAVE1

gravity

noun
     
Related topics: Physics
grav‧i‧ty [uncountable]
1 technicalHP the force that causes something to fall to the ground or to be attracted to another planet [↪ gravitation]:
2 formal the extreme and worrying seriousness of a situation
gravity of
I could not hide from her the gravity of the situation.
The penalties should be proportionate to the gravity of the offence.
3 an extremely serious way of behaving or speaking:
The Consul spoke slowly and with great gravity.

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