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Examples of proximate in a Sentence
the proximate cause of the fire
the proximate publication of his first novel
Recent Examples of proximate from the Web
Even when legislation addresses more proximate need, there’s usually some plausible excuse for it.
Nashville coach Peter Laviolette thought Vatanen’s goal was the proximate cause of the loss.
The American story is more consistent with one of proximate solutions to insoluble problems.
What’s different is the absence of any obvious proximate cause, the norm-shattering intensity of the Saudi-UAE campaign, and the confused American position.
There are, to put it mildly, more proximate concerns.
Bigger Threat Stock investors may face the more proximate threat, given the role of wages in S&P 500 profitability.
Or when a third of our population had to deal with the immediate, proximate threat of lynching.
The proximate timing of the Sentinel article and Mr. Trump’s donation, and suspicions of a quid pro quo, have driven a narrative that has dogged Mr. Trump and Ms. Bondi for three years.
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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."
PROXIMATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of proximate for English Language Learners
: coming or happening immediately before or after something in a way that shows a very close and direct relationship
Legal Definition of proximate
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 : 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)
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