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material cause

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Definition of material cause in English:

noun

Philosophy
(In Aristotelian thought) the matter or substance which constitutes a thing.
Example sentences
  • 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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