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Term

CAUSE

Definition

A principle from which something originates with consequent dependence. It is a being that in some way directly affects the being or change of something else. It is that which gives existence in some way to another or is the reason for the existence of another being.

See Also: EFFICIENT CAUSE, See Also: FIRST CAUSE, See Also: MORAL CAUSE, See Also: NECESSARY CAUSE, See Also: FORMAL CAUSE, See Also: MATERIAL CAUSE, See Also: FINAL CAUSE, See Also: SECONDARY CAUSE