Definition of efficient cause in English:

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efficient cause

noun

Philosophy
An agent that brings a thing into being or initiates a change.
Example sentences
  • By contrast, intelligent design as he sees it is about final causes, not efficient causes.
  • Aristotle, however, does not regard efficient causes as radically different from material and formal causes.
  • However, on a deeper level, there must be an efficient cause to explain why a city-state acquires its constitution in the first place.
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