Reflect, then, I entreat you, ere you afford even a causeless impression of distance or estrangement.
It was simply a causeless stampede and no one knew how it began.
Then his causeless doubt and disquietude again came on him so painfully that he could no longer remain at the window.
God forbid it should affect his mind with causeless uneasiness!
Obviously if any actions, even a lunatic's, can be causeless, determinism is done for.
Nooh, no, said Lois, driving back the tears at this causeless injury.
You might have been saved a great deal of suffering and causeless worry.
It is evidently no unfamiliar thing to her to be addressed with causeless irritability.
His passion was not a causeless one, though carried to such frantic excess.
As the effect we see cannot be causeless, it is a danger-signal that we must not ignore.
c.1200, "reason for action, grounds for action; motive," from Old French cause "cause, reason; lawsuit, case in law" (12c.), and directly from Latin causa "a cause; a reason; interest; judicial process, lawsuit," of unknown origin.
In English, sense of "matter of concern; side taken in controversy" is from c.1300; that of "the source of an effect" is early 14c.; meaning "reason for something taking place" is late 14c. Cause célèbre "celebrated legal case" is 1763, from French. Cause why? "for what reason?" is in Chaucer.
late 14c., "produce an effect," also "impel, compel," from Old French causer "to cause" (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin causare, from Latin causa "a cause; a reason; interest; judicial process, lawsuit," of unknown origin. Related: Caused; causing. Classical Latin causari meant "to plead, to debate a question."