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  • The court found that negligence was the proximate cause of the loss.
  • The proximate cause of death was a heart attack, but it was preceded by 50 years of an unhealthy lifestyle.
  • Natalie had taken the GED test ap— proximately a dozen times and was definitely way past due to pass it.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • This is my very house, my Mountview house in Bedley Run, understated and grand and unsolicitous of anything but the most honorable regard, and despite how magnificently Liv Crawford has directed its exacting restoration, I cannot escape feeling a mere proximateness to all its exhibits and effects, this oddly unsatisfying museum that she has come to curate for this visitation and the many that will someday follow.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • —for I almost would have preferred her scorn and hatred to this proximate love which could be called affection or fondness but never love itself.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • A silent contemplation: a tentative velation: a gradual abasement: a solicitous aversion: a proximate erection.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • If so, will the Judge make it convenient to be present, and favor the auctioneer with his bid, On the proximate occasion?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • There was a buzzing in Simon’s ears—if he’d had a heartbeat, he would have thought it was the blood rushing through his veins, but it was something else, something less corporeal but more proximate than blood.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • It was of course impossible to accept a loan from Rosedale; but proximate possibilities hovered temptingly before her.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • He said years ago that for submarines to operate effectively they have to have outside help, air or surface assets in direct or proximate support.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October

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  • Jopp too, had had a convenient experience; he was the only one in Casterbridge besides Henchard and the close-lipped Elizabeth who knew that Lucetta came truly from Jersey, and but proximately from Bath.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Our minds are too proximate.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • As to the influence which the intelligence of one man has on that of another, it must necessarily be very limited in a country where the citizens, placed on the footing of a general similitude, are all closely seen by each other; and where, as no signs of incontestable greatness or superiority are perceived in any one of them, they are constantly brought back to their own reason as the most obvious and proximate source of truth.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The cold of interstellar space, thousands of degrees below freezing point or the absolute zero of Fahrenheit, Centigrade or Reaumur: the incipient intimations of proximate dawn.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • All men who live in democratic ages more or less contract the ways of thinking of the manufacturing and trading classes; their minds take a serious, deliberate, and positive turn; they are apt to relinquish the ideal, in order to pursue some visible and proximate object, which appears to be the natural and necessary aim of their desires.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • A child renamed Padney Socks she shook with shocks her moneybox: counted his three free moneypenny buttons, one, tloo, tlee: a doll, a boy, a sailor she cast away: blond, born of two dark, she had blond ancestry, remote, a violation, Herr Hauptmann Hainau, Austrian army, proximate, a hallucination, lieutenant Mulvey, British navy.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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