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Procession of one being from another, without implying casual dependence on the other. Thus in the Trinity, the second person proceeds from the first, and the third from the first and second byu way of origin. But since each of the divine persons is true God, there can be no question of any of them proceeding from the other as cause and effect. (Etym. Latin origo, a beginning, from oriri, to rise.)
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