cause-and-effect

[kawz-uhnd-i-fekt, -uhn-]
adjective
noting a relationship between actions or events such that one or more are the result of the other or others.
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Main Entry:  cause and effect
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the concept that concept that an action or event will produce a certain response to the action in the form of another event; also written cause-effect, cause/effect
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Example sentences
To begin, let me acknowledge that one can't draw firm conclusions about cause
  and effect after a short visit.
It's untenable but logic in terms of cause and effect are beyond this crowd.
Moreover, they change so slowly that cause and effect are not always clear.
Nature's interdependent chains of cause and effect are usually too complex to
  disentangle.
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