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proximate

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adjective prox·i·mate \ˈpräk-sə-mət\

Simple Definition of proximate

  • : coming or happening immediately before or after something in a way that shows a very close and direct relationship

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of proximate

  1. 1 :  immediately preceding or following (as in a chain of events, causes, or effects) <proximate, rather than ultimate, goals — Reinhold Niebuhr>

  2. 2 a :  very near :  close b :  soon forthcoming :  imminent

proximately

adverb

proximateness

noun

Examples of proximate in a sentence

  1. the proximate cause of the fire

  2. <the proximate publication of his first novel>



Did You Know?

You can approach a better understanding of this word, and an approximation of its history, if you recognize its two cousins in this sentence. Proximate derives from Latin proximatus, itself the past participle of the verb proximare, meaning "to approach." The noun "approximation" and both the noun and verb "approximate" derive from "proximare" (via the Late Latin verb approximare). "Proximare," in turn, comes from "proximus" ("nearest, next") and can be traced back to the adjective prope, meaning "near." "Prope" is also an ancestor of the English verb "approach," as well as "proximity," "propinquity," and "reproach."

Origin and Etymology of proximate

Latin proximatus, past participle of proximare to approach, from proximus nearest, next, superl. of prope near — more at approach


First Known Use: 1661


Medical Dictionary

proximate

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adjective prox·i·mate \ˈpräk-sə-mət\

Medical Definition of proximate

  1. 1a:  very nearb:  next, preceding, or following; especially :  relating to or being a proximate cause

  2. 2:  determined by proximate analysis

  3. 3:  proximal 1b

proximately

adverb



Law Dictionary

proximate

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adjective prox·i·mate \ˈpräk-sə-mət\

Legal Definition of proximate

  1. 1 :  next immediately preceding or following (as in a chain of causation, events, or effects) :  being or leading to a particular especially foreseeable result without intervention — see also proximate cause at cause 1

  2. 2 :  very or relatively close or near <would be sufficiently proximate to the commencement of the defendant's trial — Johnson v. New Jersey, 384 U.S. 719 (1966)>

proximately

adverb



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