Catholic Dictionary

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