archaic : that is the immediately antecedent cause of some indicated effect
archaic : that is the primary cause of some indicated effect

Word History


Greek prokatarktikos, from (assumed) prokatarktos (verbal of prokatarchein to begin first, from pro- pro- entry 1 + katarchein to make a beginning, from kat- cata- + archein to begin) + -ikos -ic

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Dictionary Entries Near procatarctic

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“Procatarctic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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