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Term

EFFICIENT CAUSE

Definition

An agent in the production of any effect. It is that which, by its activity or exercise of power, produces existence or change in another.

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