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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Direct or immediate.
  • adjective Very near or next, as in space, time, or order. synonym: close.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Next; immediate; without the intervention of a third.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Nearest; next immediately preceding or following.
  • adjective (Chem.) an analysis which determines the proximate principles of any substance, as contrasted with an ultimate analysis.
  • adjective That which in ordinary natural sequence produces a specific result, no independent disturbing agencies intervening.
  • adjective (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Close or closest; adjacent.
  • adjective law Immediately preceding or following in a chain of causation.
  • adjective About to take place; impending.
  • noun linguistics A grammatical marker in the Algonquian (and some other) languages for a principal third person

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective very close in space or time
  • adjective closest in degree or order (space or time) especially in a chain of causes and effects

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin proximātus, past participle of proximāre, to come near, from proximus, nearest; see per in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin proximatus, past participle of proximare ("to draw near, approach"), from Latin proximus ("nearest"), superlative of prope ("near").

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