This world therefore cannot have its material cause in Brahman from which it is altogether different in character.
(The spirit of God is believed as the material cause of all).
Yes, and this want of money, in a review of the last two years, was the material cause of her recklessness.
The material cause of a thing is the matter of which it is composed.
The material cause was the irruption of fresh Barbarian hordes.
So far as we can see, the material cause was exactly the same in each case—the reading of certain letters.
And this leaves only the material cause unreduced to any other.
It knew nothing of practical science or of material cause and effect.
The material cause, he says, had been recognized from the first.
For example, in the making of a bronze statue of Hermes, the bronze is the material cause of the statue.
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."