proximate principle


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prox·i·mate prin·ci·ple

in chemistry, an organic compound that may exist already formed as a part of some other more complex substance (for example, various sugars, starches, and albumins).
Synonym(s): organic principle

proximate principle

An obsolete term for a substance that may be extracted from its complex form without destroying or altering its chemical properties.
See also: principle
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Intentionality analysis brings into focus human nature in its spiritual dimensions by specifying the remote and proximate principles of self-transcendence (movement) and integration (rest).