causal

adjective caus·al \ ˈkȯ-zəl \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of causal

1 : expressing or indicating cause : causative
  • a causal clause introduced by since
2 : of, relating to, or constituting a cause
  • the causal agent of a disease
3 : involving causation or a cause : marked by cause and effect
  • a causal link
  • evidence suggests that there is a strong causal relationship between an individual's experiences with his parents and his later capacity to make affectional bonds
  • —G. A. Miller
4 : arising from a cause
  • a causal development

causally

play \-zə-lē\ adverb

Examples of causal in a Sentence

  1. No causal connection between the events was found.

  2. There is a causal link between poverty and crime.

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Origin and Etymology of causal

borrowed from Late Latin causālis, from Latin causa 1cause + -ālis 1-al

CAUSAL Defined for English Language Learners

causal

Definition of causal for English Language Learners

  • : relating to or showing the cause of something

  • : making something happen : causing something


Law Dictionary

causal

adjective caus·al \ ˈkȯ-zəl \

legal Definition of causal

1 : of, relating to, or constituting a cause
  • causal negligence
2 : involving causation or a cause
  • no causal relationship between driving without insurance and the accident
  • National Law Journal
  • a causal link exists between the deceptive act and the injury
  • National Law Journal
3 : arising from a cause


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