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[kaw-zey-shuh n] /kɔˈzeɪ ʃən/
the action of causing or producing.
the relation of cause to effect; causality.
anything that produces an effect; cause.
Origin of causation
1640-50; < Medieval Latin causātiōn- (stem of causātiō), equivalent to causāt(us) (past participle of causāre to cause) (Latin caus(a) cause + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
causational, adjective
noncausation, noun
Can be confused
casualty, causality, causation, cause (see synonym study at cause) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for causation
  • The parties looked at all the information related to causation.
  • Only that kind of experiment, he says, can suggest anything definitive about causation.
  • What is more, the direction of causation is not always clear.
  • It's rare in science and science writing to make definitive statements, particularly about causation.
  • Of course, as anyone with any exposure to statistics knows, correlation is not causation.
  • In practice, however, it is difficult to pinpoint the right direction of causation.
  • causation is nearly as nettlesome a problem as contingency.
  • The researchers have confused correlation with causation.
  • Correlation and causation are not necessarily the same.
  • It's a confusion in categories that betrays a breakdown in logic which has confused issues of causation.
British Dictionary definitions for causation


the act or fact of causing; the production of an effect by a cause
the relationship of cause and effect
Derived Forms
causational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for causation

1640s, from Latin causationem (nominative causatio) "excuse, pretext," in Medieval Latin "action of causing," from causa (see cause).

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