- a ground of legal action; the matter over which a person goes to law.
- a case for judicial decision.
- the end or purpose for which a thing is done or produced.
- Aristotelianism. any of the four things necessary for the movement or the coming into being of a thing, namely a material (material cause ), something to act upon it (efficient cause ), a form taken by the movement or development (formal cause ), and a goal or purpose (final cause ).
verb (used with object), caused, caus·ing.
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Example sentences from the Web for cause
I take as self-evident the enormous difficulty of self-caused, self-existent matter.Creation and Its Records|B.H. Baden-Powell
Every substance therefore is self-caused; that is, its essence implies its existence.
A man will not pray when he feels that he is deep down in some pit of self-caused alienation from God.Expositions of Holy Scripture|Alexander Maclaren
Now, this substance, not being produced by another, is self-caused.Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers|Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
British Dictionary definitions for cause
- a ground for legal action; matter giving rise to a lawsuit
- the lawsuit itself
Derived forms of causecausable, adjectivecausability, nouncauseless, adjectivecauser, noun
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In addition to the idioms beginning with cause
- cause a commotion
- cause raised eyebrows
- lost cause