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proximate

adjective prox·i·mate \ˈpräk-sə-mət\

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

Full Definition of PROXIMATE

1
:  immediately preceding or following (as in a chain of events, causes, or effects) <proximate, rather than ultimate, goals — Reinhold Niebuhr>
2
a :  very near :  close
b :  soon forthcoming :  imminent
prox·i·mate·ly adverb
prox·i·mate·ness noun
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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
Medical Dictionary

proximate

adjective prox·i·mate \ˈpräk-sə-mət\

Medical Definition of PROXIMATE

1
a :  very near b :  next, preceding, or following; especially :  relating to or being a proximate cause
2
:  determined by proximate analysis
3
:  proximal 1b
prox·i·mate·ly adverb

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