Definition of causation in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɔːˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action of causing something: the postulated role of nitrate in the causation of cancer
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  • But if you put it on that basis, your causation has not necessarily been determined.
  • Rather, liability for injuries has been extended beyond any reasonable definition of causation.
  • A jury could reasonably decide that causation had been established, given the evidence.
1.1The relationship between cause and effect; causality: a strong association is not a proof of causation
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  • That involves proof of causation, which is discussed further below.
  • The intuition that causation is an intrinsic relation does not apply in this case.
  • The courts do not appear to have grappled with the principles of causation specifically in relation to omissions.


chain of causation

Law A linked series of events leading from cause to effect, typically in the assessment of liability for damages: in order to break the chain of causation the third party act must be independent of the breach of duty
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  • However, it will probably be rare for a patient's refusal to consent to care to constitute an intervening event breaking the chain of causation.
  • Unfortunately it did not enlarge on the circumstances in which self-injection would not have the effect of breaking the chain of causation.
  • Here the issue is whether the subsequent events should be regarded as severing the causal link - the chain of causation - between the conduct and the damage.


Late 15th century: from Latin causatio(n-) 'pretext' (in medieval Latin 'the action of causing'), from causare 'to cause'.

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