Definition of causality in English:


Line breaks: caus¦al|ity
Pronunciation: /kɔːˈzalɪti


[mass noun]
  • 1The relationship between cause and effect.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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