Proximate
Proximate Prox"i*mate, a. [L. proximatus, p. p. of proximare to come near, to approach, fr. proximus the nearest, nest, superl. of propior nearer, and prope, adv., near.] Nearest; next immediately preceding or following. ``Proximate ancestors.'' --J. S. Harford. [1913 Webster]

The proximate natural causes of it [the deluge]. --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

{Proximate analysis} (Chem.), an analysis which determines the proximate principles of any substance, as contrasted with an ultimate analysis.

{Proximate cause}. (a) A cause which immediately precedes and produces the effect, as distinguished from the remote, mediate, or predisposing cause. --I. Watts. (b) That which in ordinary natural sequence produces a specific result, no independent disturbing agencies intervening.

{Proximate principle} (Physiol. Chem.), one of a class of bodies existing ready formed in animal and vegetable tissues, and separable by chemical analysis, as albumin, sugar, collagen, fat, etc. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Nearest; next; closest; immediate; direct. [1913 Webster]


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  • proximate — prox·i·mate / präk sə mət/ adj 1: next immediately preceding or following (as in a chain of causation, events, or effects): being or leading to a particular esp. foreseeable result without intervention see also proximate cause at cause 1 2 …   Law dictionary

  • proximate — neighboring, 1590s (implied in proximately), from L.L. proximatus, pp. of proximare to draw near, from proximus (see PROXIMITY (Cf. proximity)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • proximate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) closest in space, time, or relationship. 2) nearly accurate; approximate. DERIVATIVES proximately adverb. ORIGIN Latin proximatus drawn near , from proximus nearest …   English terms dictionary

  • proximate — [präk′sə mət] adj. [LL proximatus, pp. of proximare, to come near < L proximus, nearest, superl. of prope, near] 1. next or nearest in space, order, time, etc. 2. nearly accurate; approximate proximately adv …   English World dictionary

  • Proximate — Analysis A*nal y*sis, n.; pl. {Analyses}. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to unloose, to dissolve, to resolve into its elements; ? up + ? to loose. See {Loose}.] 1. A resolution of anything, whether an object of the senses or of the intellect, into its constituent …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proximate — Immediate; next; proximal. * * * prox·i·mate präk sə mət adj 1 a) very near b) next, preceding, or following esp relating to or being a proximate cause 2) determined by proximate analysis 3) PROXIMAL (1b) prox·i·mate·ly ad …   Medical dictionary

  • proximate — adj. (cannot stand alone) proximate to * * * [ prɒksɪmɪt] (cannot stand alone) proximate to …   Combinatory dictionary

  • proximate — adjective Etymology: Latin proximatus, past participle of proximare to approach, from proximus nearest, next, superlative of prope near more at approach Date: 1661 1. immediately preceding or following (as in a chain of events, causes, or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • proximate — 1. adjective a) Close or closest; adjacent. b) Immediately preceding or following in a chain of causation. See Also: proximate cause 2. noun A grammatical marker in the …   Wiktionary

  • proximate — prox|i|mate [ˈprɔksımıt US ˈpra:k ] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of proximare to go near , from proximus nearest, next ] 1.) a proximate cause is a direct one 2.) nearest in time, order, or family relationship …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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