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causation

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noun cau·sa·tion \kȯ-ˈzā-shən\

Simple Definition of causation

  • : the act or process of causing something to happen or exist

  • : the relationship between an event or situation and a possible reason or cause

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of causation

  1. 1 a :  the act or process of causing b :  the act or agency which produces an effect

  2. 2 :  causality

Examples of causation in a sentence

  1. the role of heredity in the causation of cancer

  2. He claimed that the accident caused his injury, but the court ruled that he did not provide sufficient evidence of causation.



1615

First Known Use of causation

1615


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causation

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noun cau·sa·tion \kȯ-ˈzā-shən\

Legal Definition of causation

  1. 1a :  the act or process of causing <proof of objective causation of injury by the perpetrator — Alan Freeman> b :  the act or agency that produces an effect <evidence was presented on doctor's malpractice…for…proof of causationNational Law Journal> <if plaintiffs could establish…that the caps were manufactured by one of the defendants, the burden of proof as to causation would shift to all the defendants — Sindell v. Abbott Laboratories, 607 P.2d 924 (1980)>

  2. 2 :  the relation between cause and effect especially as an element to be proven in a tort or criminal case <must be “legal” causation between the acts and the results — W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.> — see also chain of causation




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