causation

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From cause +‎ -ation

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causation (countable and uncountable, plural causations)

  1. The act of causing.
  2. The act or agency by which an effect is produced.
    • 1837, William Whewell, “Earliest Stages of Optics”, in History of the Inductive Sciences, from the Earliest to the Present Times. [], volume I, London: John W[illiam] Parker, []; Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: J. and J. J. Deighton, OCLC 1112872753, book II (History of the Physical Sciences in Ancient Greece), page 100:
      Aristotle's views led him to try to describe the kind of causation by which vision is produced, instead of the laws by which it is exercised; and the attempt consisted, as in other subjects, of indistinct principles, and ill-combined facts.
  3. Cause and effect, considered as a system.
    Synonym: causality

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