1175–1225; Middle English
< Latin causa
reason, sake, case
causable, adjectivecausability, nouncauseless, adjectivecauselessly, adverbcauselessness, nouncauser, nounnoncausable, adjectiveself-caused, adjectivesubcause, noununcausable, adjectiveundercause, noun
Can be confused
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1. Cause, occasion
refer to the starting of effects into motion. A cause
is an agency, perhaps acting through a long time, or a long-standing situation, that produces an effect: The cause of the quarrel between the two men was jealousy.
is an event that provides an opportunity for the effect to become evident, or perhaps promotes its becoming evident: The occasion was the fact that one man's wages were increased. 3.
effect, make, create, produce.