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Physical ProximityPlay
Refers to literal closeness, like buildings or areas that touch or are very close to each other. SlideThe shopping mall was built in the neighbouring area.
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Not InterchangeablePlay
'Neighbouring' describes nearness, not a relationship or alliance between the entities. SlideThe festival attracted people from neighbouring towns.
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Neutral TonePlay
The term is neutral; it doesn't imply whether the closeness is good or bad. SlideThey set up a camp in the neighbouring field.