Proximate cause
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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