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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

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

prox·i·mate·ly adverb
prox·i·mate·ness noun

Examples of proximate

  1. the proximate cause of the fire

  2. <the proximate publication of his first novel>



Origin 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


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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

  4. prox·i·mate·ly adverb




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