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From Sanskrit हेतु (hetu).


हेतु (hetum

  1. cause, reason
    मगर हत्या का हेतु क्या था?
    magar hatyā kā hetu kyā thā?
    But what was the motive for the killing?


Old Gujarati[edit]


Borrowed from Sanskrit हेतु (hetú).


हेतु (hetum

  1. cause, reason


Alternative forms[edit]


हेतु m

  1. Devanagari script form of hetu



हेतु (hetúm

  1. "impulse", motive, cause, cause of, reason for (+locative, rarely dative or genitive)
    हेतुना (hetunā), हेतोः (hetoḥ), हेतवे (hetave), हेतौ (hetau)for a cause or reason, by reason of, on account of (+genitive or compound):
    मम हेतोः (mama hetoḥ) or मद्-धेतोः (mad-dhetoḥ)on account of me
    कं हेतुम् (kaṃ hetum) or को हेटुः (ko heṭuḥ)wherefore?, why?
    यतो हेतोः (yato hetoḥ)because
    अनेन हेतुना (anena hetunā) or इति हेतोः (iti hetoḥ)for this reason
    मृत्यु-हेतवे (mṛtyu-hetave)in order to kill
    हेतुर् अलौकिकः (hetur alaukikaḥ)a supernatural cause
  2. (at the end of a compound) "having as a cause or motive", "caused or effected or actuated or attracted or impelled by"
    कर्महेतु (karma-hetu)caused by the acts (of a former existence)
    मांसहेतु (māṃsa-hetu)attracted by (the smell of) flesh
    कर्मफलहेतु (karma-phala-hetu)impelled by (the expectation of) the consequences of any act
  3. a logical reason or deduction or argument, the reason for an inference (especially applied to the second member or अवयव (avayava) of the five-membered syllogism; compare न्याय (nyāya))
  4. logic (in general, compare हेतुविद्या (hetuvidyā))
  5. (grammar) the agent of the causal verb
  6. (with Buddhists) primary cause (as opposed to प्रत्यय (pratyaya))
  7. (with पशुपति (paśu-pati)s) that which causes the bondage of the soul i.e. the external world and the senses
  8. the means
    हेतुभिः (hetubhiḥ) (at the end of a compound) — by means of
  9. mode, manner
    हेतुभिः (hetubhiḥ) (at the end of a compound) — according to
  10. price, cost
  11. condition
  12. (rhetoric) = काव्यलिङ्ग (kāvya-liṅga)


Masculine u-stem declension of हेतु
Nom. sg. हेतुः (hetuḥ)
Gen. sg. हेतोः (hetoḥ)
Singular Dual Plural
Nominative हेतुः (hetuḥ) हेतू (hetū) हेतवः (hetavaḥ)
Vocative हेतो (heto) हेतू (hetū) हेतवः (hetavaḥ)
Accusative हेतुम् (hetum) हेतू (hetū) हेतून् (hetūn)
Instrumental हेतुना (hetunā) हेतुभ्याम् (hetubhyām) हेतुभिः (hetubhiḥ)
Dative हेतवे (hetave) हेतुभ्याम् (hetubhyām) हेतुभ्यः (hetubhyaḥ)
Ablative हेतोः (hetoḥ) हेतुभ्याम् (hetubhyām) हेतुभ्यः (hetubhyaḥ)
Genitive हेतोः (hetoḥ) हेत्वोः (hetvoḥ) हेतूनाम् (hetūnām)
Locative हेतौ (hetau) हेत्वोः (hetvoḥ) हेतुषु (hetuṣu)