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A modern dictionary of 5,679 Catholic terms (including abbreviations), both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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OCCASION

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Any principle or circumstance that favors or expedites the present action of a free cause. Sometimes called and "accidental cause," it brings on a human action without being directly responsible for it.