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EXEMPLARY CAUSE

The cause that an intelligent being uses as the pattern or model, in the mind, for producing some effect. Thus the universe was created according to the Divine Plan, consisting of the ideas present in the mind of God from all eternity.

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

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