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 for Proximate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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           The proximate natural causes of it [the deluge]. --T.
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     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.
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     Syn: Nearest; next; closest; immediate; direct.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Analysis \A*nal"y*sis\, n.; pl. Analyses. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to
     unloose, to dissolve, to resolve into its elements; ? up + ?
     to loose. See Loose.]
     1. A resolution of anything, whether an object of the senses
        or of the intellect, into its constituent or original
        elements; an examination of the component parts of a
        subject, each separately, as the words which compose a
        sentence, the tones of a tune, or the simple propositions
        which enter into an argument. It is opposed to
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     2. (Chem.) The separation of a compound substance, by
        chemical processes, into its constituents, with a view to
        ascertain either (a) what elements it contains, or (b) how
        much of each element is present. The former is called
        qualitative, and the latter quantitative analysis.
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     3. (Logic) The tracing of things to their source, and the
        resolving of knowledge into its original principles.
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     4. (Math.) The resolving of problems by reducing the
        conditions that are in them to equations.
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        (a) A syllabus, or table of the principal heads of a
            discourse, disposed in their natural order.
        (b) A brief, methodical illustration of the principles of
            a science. In this sense it is nearly synonymous with
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     6. (Nat. Hist.) The process of ascertaining the name of a
        species, or its place in a system of classification, by
        means of an analytical table or key.
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     Ultimate, Proximate, Qualitative, Quantitative, and
     Volumetric analysis. (Chem.) See under Ultimate,
        Proximate, Qualitative, etc.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: 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" [ant: ultimate]
      2: very close in space or time; "proximate words"; "proximate

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  56 Moby Thesaurus words for "proximate":
     advancing, appendant, approaching, approximate, approximating,
     approximative, arm-in-arm, attracted to, burning, cheek-by-jowl,
     close, coming, comparable, consequent, drawn to, ensuing,
     following, forthcoming, hand-in-hand, homologous, hot, immediate,
     imminent, impending, intimate, like, near, near the mark, nearby,
     nearing, nearish, next, nigh, nighish, oncoming, posterior,
     postpositional, postpositive, propinque, proximal, relatable,
     rough, rude, sequacious, sequent, sequential, side-by-side,
     similar, subsequent, succeeding, successive, suffixed, to come,
     upcoming, vicinal, warm

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