Definition of vera causa in English:

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vera causa

Pronunciation: /ˌvɛːrə ˈkaʊzə/

noun (plural verae causae /ˌvɛːriː ˈkaʊziː/)

chiefly historical
(In Newtonian philosophy) the true cause of a natural phenomenon, by an agency whose existence is independently evidenced.
Example sentences
  • Explanation meant first detecting a vera causa, identifying a theoretically competent cause.
  • They admit variation as a vera causa in one case, they arbitrarily reject it in another, without assigning any distinction in the two cases.
  • This element of Newton's first Rule we can call by its common name, the vera causa principle.


Latin, literally 'real cause'.

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