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EFFECT

Something brought about by some cause or agency; the result of some action. In morality the intended effect or purpose partially determines whether an act is good or evil. And in the principle of the double effect the morality of an action depends on whether a foreseen evil effect is merely permitted or directly willed by a person.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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