See under cause (def. 8b).
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How to use formal cause in a sentence
Therefore the formal cause is the concept, or, as Plato would call it, the Idea of the thing.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy | W. T. Stace
Plato alone clearly saw the necessity for the formal cause, for formal causes are, as we have seen, the same as Plato's Ideas.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy | W. T. Stace
If we knew the forma or formal cause of each of those qualities, we could make gold, provided the causes were within our control.Logic, Inductive and Deductive | William Minto
That is, we must first find out the forma or formal cause of spontaneous rotation.Logic, Inductive and Deductive | William Minto
Scholasticism was content to talk about it under the name of 'substantial form' or 'formal cause'.Theodicy | G. W. Leibniz