causality

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From Latin as if *causalitas, from causalis (causal), from causa (cause); see causal.

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causality (countable and uncountable, plural causalities)

  1. The agency of a cause; the action or power of a cause, in producing its effect.
  2. The relationship between something that happens or exists and the thing that causes it; the cause and consequence relationship.
    • 2011 February 1, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction[1], Wesleyan University Press, →ISBN, pages 102-103:
      But some discussion of the complex relationship between “allohistory” and sf is appropriate here, as the genres overlap in certain ways. Classical allohistory— such as Trevelyan's "What if Napoleon had won the Battle of Waterloo?" and Churchill's "If Lee had not won the Battle of Gettysburg" —is a rigorously consistent thought-experiment in historical causality.

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