PROXIMATE CAUSE

Proximate cause is the direct or apparently obvious cause of an event; directly produces the effect. For instance, a violent outburst may have a proximate cause of being insulted, but the remote cause may be hidden anger from a similar event early in the respondent's life.

PROXIMATE CAUSE: "The waitress dropping the dishes was the proximate cause of the caf"
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PROXIMATE CAUSE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/proximate-cause/ (accessed January 17, 2021).
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