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Term

MATERIAL CAUSE

Definition

That out of which something is produced or made. The passive element in any change, which is united with the active element to form one physical being. The substratum in every change that itself remains unchanged.

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