Pronunciation: (u-prok"su-mā'shun), [key]
1. a guess or estimate: Ninety-three million miles is an approximation of the distance of the earth from the sun.
2. nearness in space, position, degree, or relation; proximity; closeness.
3. Math., Physics.a result that is not necessarily exact, but is within the limits of accuracy required for a given purpose.
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