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Meaning of PROXIMATE

Pronunciation:  'pr√Ęksumit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  very close in space or time; "proximate words"; "proximate houses"
  2. [adj]  closest in degree or order (space or time) especially in a chain of causes and effects; "news of his proximate arrival"; "interest in proximate rather than ultimate goals"

PROXIMATE is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: close, immediate
 Antonyms: ultimate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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

{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

{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.

Syn: Nearest; next; closest; immediate; direct.