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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Old French
Origin: periferie, from Late Latin, from Greek, from peripherein 'to carry around'

periphery

noun
     
pe‧riph‧e‧ry plural peripheries formal
1 [countable usually singular] the edge of an area
periphery of
the periphery of the crowd
on/at the periphery
a residential area on the periphery of the city
outskirts
2

on/at the periphery (of something)

a person or thing that is on the periphery of something is not one of the main people or things involved in it:
extremists on the periphery of the animal rights movement
Homeopathy is on the periphery of medical practice.

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