Definition of causality in English:

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Pronunciation: /kôˈzalədē/


1The relationship between cause and effect.
Example sentences
  • To deny causality is to deny divine wisdom, for causality is a necessary relation.
  • I also point out the difference between causality and correlation.
  • Note, however, that such a correlation does not indicate which is the relation of causality between the two variables.
2The principle that everything has a cause.
Example sentences
  • Another reason for Russell's reversion to realism was his recognition that the notion of causality is problematic for phenomenalism.
  • It is not surprising that much of the argument of the Analytic concerns the ideas of substance and causality, as Kant wished us to understand them.
  • Another of his interests was natural philosophy, in particular he was interested in determinism and chance, causality and indeterminacy.


Late 15th century: from French causalité or medieval Latin causalitas, from Latin causa 'cause'.

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Syllabification: cau·sal·i·ty

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