Definition of proximate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɒksɪmət/


1(Especially of the cause of something) closest in relationship; immediate: the fact that a storm may show up the poor condition of a flat roof does not signify that storm was the proximate cause of damage to it
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  • So, its causal relationship with the primary negligence is very proximate and most immediate, in our submission.
  • In theatre your contact with your audience is immediate and proximate.
  • One of the most useful distinctions to be drawn between the various causes of war is between ‘immediate’, proximate causes and ‘underlying’, more fundamental causes.
1.1Closest in space or time: the failure of the proximate military power to lend assistance
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  • The trailing end has a height greater than the maximum height of the disc space forming a flanged portion adapted to overlie a part of the anterior aspects of the vertebral bodies adjacent and proximate the disc space to be fused.
  • In each of 8 areas downwind and proximate to closed nuclear power plants, infant deaths declined in excess of national trends during the first 2 yr following shutdown.
  • Japan's geostrategic location made it a vital link in a global chain of maritime power that depended critically on nuclear weapons to counter overwhelming Soviet proximate power in Europe.
2Nearly accurate; approximate: he would try to change her speech into proximate ladylikeness



Pronunciation: /ˈprɒksɪmətli/
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  • Our presuppositions, as Collingwood showed in The Idea of History, are proximately philosophical and ultimately theological.
  • Where a disease of the assured actually causes the accident, it is held that the injury or death is proximately caused by the accident, not the disease, so that the exceptions clause does not operate and the insurer is liable.
  • While increased developmental instability may be proximately caused by external environment, the extent to which different traits respond to the environmental cues can have a genetic basis.


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  • But first-timers would be better off hearing these songs in the context of their respective albums, where - in close proximation to music written in similar moods - they take on a different and richer hue.


Late 16th century: from Latin proximatus 'drawn near', past participle of proximare, from proximus 'nearest'.

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