I never mistook pleasure for the final cause of poetry, nor leisure for the hour of the poet.
Sport had been the final cause of my trip to America—sport and the love of adventure.
The final cause is the end, purpose, or aim, towards which the movement is directed.
All motion, even the slightest, is thus explained by a final cause.
Thus, the creation, which proceeds from God as first cause, is shown to have returned to him as final cause.
The final cause of the Club was supposed to be the composition of a joint-stock satire.
A noble doubt suggests itself whether discipline be not the final cause of the universe, and whether Nature outwardly exists.
That for the sake of which (final cause or End) τὸ τίνος ἕνεκα.
The division of four causes also is not amiss: matter, form, the efficient, and end or final cause.
The purposive law is the only final cause which reason allows.
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."