Definition of causal in English:

causal

Syllabification: caus·al
Pronunciation: /ˈkôzəl
 
/

adjective

  • 1Of, relating to, or acting as a cause: the causal factors associated with illness
    More example sentences
    • Obesity is a causal factor in many serious conditions that affect the entire human body.
    • As a rule, complex social phenomena like racism cannot be explained in terms of a single causal factor.
    • Some defect in the regulation of the brain chemical serotonin, is also suspected to be a causal factor.
  • 1.1 Grammar & Logic Expressing or indicating a cause: a causal conjunction
    More example sentences
    • The argument that Cheney did not intend the direct causal inference goes as follows.
    • Let us start with the presupposition that causal determinism obtains.
    • This subjunctive condition is not unrelated to the causal condition.

Derivatives

causally

adverb
More example sentences
  • What this means is that God's existence is only causally prior to but not temporally prior to their existence.
  • In the context of all the other evidence the illnesses are causally related to the exposure to electromagnetic fields.
  • Studies have apparently shown conclusively that sleep deprivation has been causally linked with memory retention.

Origin

late Middle English (as a noun denoting a causal conjunction or particle): from late Latin causalis, from Latin causa 'cause'.

More definitions of causal

Definition of causal in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody