prox·i·mate /'präk-sə-mət/ adj1: next immediately preceding or following (as in a chain of causation, events, or effects): being or leading to a particular esp. foreseeable result without intervention see also proximate cause at cause 12: very or relatively close or nearwould be sufficiently proximate to the commencement of the defendant's trial — Johnson v. New Jersey, 384 U.S. 719 (1966)prox·i·mate·ly adv
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
about to happen, abutting, adjacent, adjoining, approaching, at hand, attached, bordering, bordering upon, close, close at hand, close by, closest, connected, connecting, contactual, conterminal, conterminous, contiguous, edging, expected, following, forthcoming, fringing, immediate, imminent, impendent, impending, in close proximity, juxtaposed, near, nearest, neighboring, next, nigh, prospective, proximal, proximus, sequent, subsequent, succeeding, tangent, tangential, touching, upcoming, verging, vicinal
associated concepts: proximate cause
approximate, border (approach), close (near), contiguous, immediate (not distant), present (attendant)
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
adj.Closest in relationship, time, physical distance, or causal connection; immediate; direct. See also cause
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.