[ kaw-zey-shuh n ]
/ kɔˈzeɪ ʃən /


the action of causing or producing.
the relation of cause to effect; causality.
anything that produces an effect; cause.

Origin of causation

1640–50; < Medieval Latin causātiōn- (stem of causātiō), equivalent to causāt(us) (past participle of causāre to cause) (Latin caus(a) cause + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

cau·sa·tion·al, adjectivenon·cau·sa·tion, noun

Can be confused

casualty causality causation cause Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for causation


/ (kɔːˈzeɪʃən) /


the act or fact of causing; the production of an effect by a cause
the relationship of cause and effect

Derived Forms

causational, adjective
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