due to

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due to

  1. caused by; resulting from.
    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]

  • Though usage of "due to" as a preposition is common, some speakers will object and recommend owing to instead, reserving due for use as an adjective only. Reliable voices (such as Oxford, M-W, etc.) acknowledge this debate, then commonly conclude that more recently this usage of "due to" is fully acceptable.


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