Definition of material cause in English:

material cause

Syllabification: ma·te·ri·al cause


  • (In Aristotelian thought) the matter or substance that constitutes a thing.
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    • The four aspects are the formal cause, the material cause, the efficient cause, and the final cause.
    • Furthermore, whatever there is must have pre-existed in its material cause, as material causes cannot create something other than what is there in the first place.
    • One is the material cause or matter, the physical make-up of the thing, which puts considerable restrictions on what it can be and do.

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