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I mean, when I read "proximate" I think about "proximity".. why does it refers exactly to the 3rd digit in a number?

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I'm unfamiliar with using proximate that way. Can you provide a link or example usage? – Dusty Mar 17 '11 at 17:11
Possibly you have misinterpreted the sentence, so could you provide the sample sentence in the edits? – n0nChun Mar 17 '11 at 17:36
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I have never encountered this usage. If it's used that way at all, it's as a form of jargon.

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A quick hunt through online dictionaries doesn't find this usage either. – user1579 Mar 17 '11 at 17:13
right, so it's a google translator problem when translating from portuguese "centesimal" to english.. – Tom Brito Mar 21 '11 at 17:39

One of the meaning of proximate is "nearly accurate, approximate."
I can imagine that proximate could be understood as "accurate to the third digit," while accurate could mean "showing all the digit."

I have never found proximate to mean "to the third digit," though.

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