See under cause (def. 8b).
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How to use material cause in a sentence
So far as we can see, the material cause was exactly the same in each case—the reading of certain letters.The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society | Upton Sinclair
The epidemic recorded by Knighton had probably a more material cause.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II) | Charles Creighton
The rhythm, regarded in its material cause, need not be accompanied by any very musical sound.Myth and Science | Tito Vignoli
For example, in the making of a bronze statue of Hermes, the bronze is the material cause of the statue.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy | W. T. Stace
But the point is that they all recognized the necessity for a material cause of some sort to explain the universe.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy | W. T. Stace