Definition of causal in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːz(ə)l


1Relating to or acting as a cause: the causal factors associated with illness
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  • 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
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  • 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.


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



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  • 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.

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