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[prok-suh-mit] /ˈprɒk sə mɪt/
next; nearest; immediately before or after in order, place, occurrence, etc.
close; very near.
approximate; fairly accurate.
forthcoming; imminent.
Origin of proximate
1590-1600; < Late Latin proximātus, past participle of proximāre to near, approach. See proximal, -ate1
Related forms
proximately, adverb
proximateness, noun
[prok-suh-mey-shuh n] /ˌprɒk səˈmeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • The blade has an internal bore running along a longitudinal axis from the handle to a point proximate a tip.
  • It is the breaking of proximate restraints that frees the mind to explode with creativity.
  • The proximate cause is a fractured skull suffered in a fall, but the true cause is alcohol.
  • The proximate answer, clearly, is the abdication of regulatory oversight.
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  • That, in essence, is the concept called proximate commuting.
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  • Drought, cold and snow are the proximate causes of this season's widespread misery.
  • proximate cause of crash: random event which causes loss of confidence.
British Dictionary definitions for proximate


next or nearest in space or time
very near; close
immediately preceding or following in a series
a less common word for approximate
Derived Forms
proximately, adverb
proximateness, noun
proximation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin proximāre to draw near, from Latin proximus next, from prope near
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Word Origin and History for proximate

"neighboring," 1590s (implied in proximately), from Late Latin proximatus, past participle of proximare "to draw near," from proximus "nearest, next" (see proximity).

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proximate in Medicine

proximate prox·i·mate (prŏk'sə-mĭt)
Closely related in space, time, or order; very near; proximal.

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