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
Examples of causation in a sentence
the role of heredity in the causation of cancer
He claimed that the accident caused his injury, but the court ruled that he did not provide sufficient evidence of causation.
First Known Use of causation
Legal Definition of causation
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 causation — National 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 : 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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