- 1A person or thing that gives rise to an action, phenomenon, or condition: the cause of the accident is not clearMore example sentences
- This way of thinking led to his distinctive ideas about the causes of natural phenomena.
- Visiting Alice in hospital, Byrne would often ask the psychiatrists for an explanation for her condition, a root cause.
- We must also determine the causes of this phenomenon.
- 1.1Reasonable grounds for doing, thinking, or feeling something: Faye’s condition had given no cause for concern [with infinitive]: the government had good cause to avoid war class size is a cause for complaint in some schoolsMore example sentences
- Lopez is said to have promised not to dismiss him ‘without good cause or reason’.
- Vandalism and criminal damage caused by airguns is an increasing problem which is giving cause for concern according to police.
- When the horse suffered a mild fetlock injury on July 22 it was a cause for concern but no cause for panic.
- 2A principle, aim, or movement that, because of a deep commitment, one is prepared to defend or advocate: she devoted her life to the cause of deaf people I’m raising money for a good causeMore example sentences
- Kent Kaiser likewise has a long record as public advocate for conservative causes, and particularly those of the religious right.
- However you choose to play the numbers game, these protests clearly did not represent a movement of people committed to a cause.
- Since his retirement, Cronkite has been an outspoken advocate of liberal causes.
- 3A matter to be resolved in a court of law.More example sentences
- Another possibility is to make them costs in the cause in the Supreme Court.
- The first is the expedition of the hearing of the cause in this Court.
- The applicant seeks an order for removal into this Court of part of a cause pending in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
- 3.1An individual’s case offered at law.More example sentences
- He always fought individual causes with the same passion that he applied to collective ones.
- Every individual shall have the right to have his cause heard.
- At the same time, the reluctance of some women with legitimate causes to plead a suit of force and fear at all, hints that they feared the courts might have condoned the use of coercion.
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- Make (something, typically something bad) happen: this disease can cause blindness [with object and infinitive]: we have no idea what has happened to cause people to stay away [with two objs]: you could cause them problemsMore example sentences
- Miss Young said his mixed race had caused him problems and led to bullying at school.
- The foam and plastic from the seats caused the fire to spread rapidly though the bus.
- Swindon Council may also serve a warning notice on riders causing a noise nuisance.
cause and effect
- The principle of causation.More example sentences
- It is possible both to accept the basic scientific principles of cause and effect and also to believe in the holistic view of the world as a living organism.
- But, according to Hume, the principle of cause and effect cannot be derived from experience.
- I am a firm believer in the principle of cause and effect.
- The operation or relation of a cause and its effect.More example sentences
- First, we could say that those events are simultaneous which necessarily stand in no relation of cause and effect to one another.
- There is, therefore, some relation of cause and effect between the physician's presence and the patient's disease.
- There must be some relation of cause and effect between the employment and the accident, as well as between the accident and the injury.
cause of action
- Law A fact or facts that enable a person to bring an action against another.More example sentences
- The plaintiffs assert causes of action including negligent design, failure to warn, misrepresentation and breach of warranty.
- Consequently the first question is whether the claimant has a personal cause of action against the defendant.
- The intended claimant has a good cause of action against the intended defendant in respect of each of the claims.
in the cause of
- So as to support, promote, or defend something.More example sentences
- This is because we must accept a compromise of some of our fundamental human rights and liberties in the cause of effectively fighting the enemy.
- It was in the cause of liberty that writers such as Cowper and T. Day defended the Noble Savage and attacked the slave trade.
- If only they could be put to use in the cause of peace.
make common cause
- Unite in order to achieve a shared aim: nationalist movements made common cause with the reformersMore example sentences
- Let the humanists make common cause with them to achieve freedom.
- Today, I'd like to offer a few thoughts on what these developments have meant for your colleagues in public broadcasting, and share some ideas about how our institutions might make common cause in the future.
- As a hunter-gatherer nation, Australia could play a further role in world affairs by making common cause without a hunter-gatherer peoples, all of whom are taking a terrible hammering.
a rebel without a cause
- A person who is dissatisfied with society but does not have a specific aim to fight for.[from the title of a US film, released in 1955]More example sentences
- Lindner, writing when Storm Troopers were still a fresh memory, is concerned with the effects of Mass Culture on society, especially on the young, the rebels without a cause.
- But those different just for the heck of it are rebels without a cause.
- She, and the events of the past few days in London, put to shame the ludicrous, immature black-clothed rebels without a cause.
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- I am afraid that before long no one will be able to talk to me because I will burst into spontaneous, seemingly causeless laughter and that plus the sarcasm will irritate people and scare them away.
- These last two arguments make the point that causality is necessary for the operation of morality in the world, and to introduce a causeless free will is to make the teaching of morality or its motivation by punishment or reward pointless.
- Mr. Webster defines ‘freak’ as a sudden causeless change of mind, a whim of fancy, a vagary, a caprice.
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- We plan to pursue this very hard to catch the trouble causers responsible.
- They have been completely absorbed, so they aren't wreckers and problem causers any more.
- I would like to ascertain that it is not the claimer/victim of the accident who is putting premiums up but the causer of the accident for their stupidity or lack of attention.
Middle English: from Old French, from Latin causa (noun), causare (verb).