due to

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due to

  1. Caused by; resulting from; because of.
    Rising unemployment due to the economic downturn is spreading.
    • 1908, “Fatal fall of Wright airship”, in The New York Times:
      The accident was due to the breaking of one of the blades of the propeller on the left side.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Although usage of "due to" as an adverbial preposition is now common, some speakers will object and recommend because of, on account of, as a result of or owing to instead, reserving due for use as an adjective only. Reliable sources (such as Oxford, M-W, etc.) acknowledge this debate, then conclude that more recently this usage of "due to" is widely, although perhaps not entirely, acceptable. The adverbial use of "due to" is less common in formal written English.
  • The conjunction due to the fact that, frequently encountered in business and politics, is generally rejected by style experts as being an unnecessarily wordy synonym of because.