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prox·i·mate

 (prŏk′sə-mĭt)
adj.
1. Direct or immediate: "The stock market crash in October, 1929 ... is often regarded as ... the major proximate cause of the Great Depression" (Milton Friedman)."The proximate cause of America's deficits is that Washington has dramatically cut the taxes of America's rich" (Eamonn Fingleton).
2. Very near or next, as in space, time, or order. See Synonyms at close.

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

prox′i·mate·ly adv.
prox′i·mate·ness n.

proximate

(ˈprɒksɪmɪt) or

proximal

adj
1. next or nearest in space or time
2. very near; close
3. immediately preceding or following in a series
4. a less common word for approximate
[C16: from Late Latin proximāre to draw near, from Latin proximus next, from prope near]
ˈproximately adv
ˈproximateness n
ˌproxiˈmation n

prox•i•mate

(ˈprɒk sə mɪt)

adj.
1. next; nearest; immediately before or after in order, place, occurrence, etc.
2. close; very near.
3. forthcoming; imminent.
4. approximate; fairly accurate.
[1590–1600; < Late Latin proximātus, past participle of proximāre to near, approach. See proximal, -ate1]
prox′i•mate•ly, adv.
prox′i•mate•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.proximate - 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"
ultimate - furthest or highest in degree or order; utmost or extreme; "the ultimate achievement"; "the ultimate question"; "man's ultimate destiny"; "the ultimate insult"; "one's ultimate goal in life"
2.proximate - very close in space or time; "proximate words"; "proximate houses"
close - at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other; "close to noon"; "how close are we to town?"; "a close formation of ships"

proximate

adjective
1. Not far from another in space, time, or relation:
2. About to occur at any moment:
Translations

proximate

adj
(= next)nächste(r, s), folgende(r, s), sich unmittelbar anschließend, unmittelbar; proximate causeunmittelbare Ursache
(= close, very near)nahe liegend
(= forthcoming, imminent)kurz bevorstehend
(= approximate)annähernd, ungefähr; proximate estimateungefähre Schätzung; proximate analysis (Chem) → quantitative Analyse
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I cannot see that mere proximateness of a causal factor makes it more important in assigning responsibility.
I put "directly" in quotes because it is not clear how proximateness is to be determined, and one would think that our view of what constitutes the proximate cause of action will vary with the depth of our psychological knowledge.