but for

preposition

Definition of but for

First Known Use of but for

12th century

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but-for

adjective

legal Definition of but-for

: of or relating to the necessary cause (as a negligent act) without which a particular result (as damage) would not have occurred
  • a but-for test of causation
— compare substantial factor

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