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[kaw-zal-i-tee] /kɔˈzæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural causalities.
the relation of cause and effect:
The result is the same, however differently the causality is interpreted.
causal quality or agency.
Origin of causality
1595-1605; causal + -ity
Related forms
noncausality, noun
Can be confused
casualty, causality, causation, cause (see synonym study at cause) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for causality
  • So causality is not being violated, unless you had new laws of physics.
  • One way to think of it is confusing correlation with causality.
  • The exact causality can only be speculated at this point but the correlations are robust.
  • The amazing thing there is that they can do this without violating causality.
  • The discerning historian knows that there are levels of causality.
  • But it turns out that computers can learn a lot about causality by reading personal blogs.
  • If this weren't true then conservation of angular momentum and causality itself wouldn't exist.
  • They seem to cower at the suggestion of rising action, to blush at the heightened causality that makes a story a story.
  • Some basic philosophical teaching would be rather useful to enable economists to think about causality with more of an open mind.
  • It's natural for us to arrange pictures from left to right to show chronology or causality.
British Dictionary definitions for causality


noun (pl) -ties
  1. the relationship of cause and effect
  2. the principle that nothing can happen without being caused
causal agency or quality
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Word Origin and History for causality

c.1600, from causal + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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