Definition of causal
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
causallyplay \-zə-lē\ adverb
Examples of causal in a Sentence
No causal connection between the events was found.
There is a causal link between poverty and crime.
Recent Examples of causal from the Web
These studies are insufficient to demonstrate a causal link.
There’s no evidence of a causal relationship at all?
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Origin and Etymology of causal
First Known Use: circa 1530
CAUSAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of causal for English Language Learners
: relating to or showing the cause of something
: making something happen : causing something
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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