[kaw-zey-shuh n]
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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 formscau·sa·tion·al, adjectivenon·cau·sa·tion, noun
Can be confusedcasualty causality causation cause Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. the act or fact of causing; the production of an effect by a cause
  2. the relationship of cause and effect
Derived Formscausational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for causation

1640s, from Latin causationem (nominative causatio) "excuse, pretext," in Medieval Latin "action of causing," from causa (see cause).

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