causation

noun
cau·​sa·​tion | \ kȯ-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce causation (audio) \

Definition of causation

1a : the act or process of causing the role of heredity in the causation of cancer
b : the act or agency which produces an effect in a complex situation causation is likely to be multiple— W. O. Aydelotte
2 : causality

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Corey Gaskin Whoop's survey questions attempt to find correlations in behaviors, but correlation does not equal causation. Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, 30 Apr. 2022 The report specifies that correlation does not equal causation in regard to COVID-19 and that COVID-19’s effect on domestic violence will be studied for years to come. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 The report specifies that correlation does not equal causation in regards to COVID-19, and that COVID-19's effect on domestic violence will be studied for years to come. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Apr. 2022 For all but the most tangible outcomes, establishing causation might be too much to ask. Eric Gilbertsen, Forbes, 3 June 2022 And above all, physics is still deeply entrenched in the idea of causation—tracing one thing from one moment to the next and seeing how actions consequentially result from one another. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 22 Apr. 2022 To what extent can causation be seen as determinism? John Hopewell, Variety, 27 Apr. 2022 Others, including Rubino, are cautious about attributing causation. Carolyn Barber, Scientific American, 15 Apr. 2022 The argument that more gun purchases contributed to the murder spike was also floated by The Atlantic earlier this year, but experts at the Heritage Foundation explained that correlation is not causation. Fox News, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of causation

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for causation

borrowed from Medieval Latin causātiōn-, causātiō "accusation, objection, causal action," going back to Latin, "plea, excuse," from causārī "to plead an action in law, plead as an excuse" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at cause entry 2

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“Causation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/causation. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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causation

noun
cau·​sa·​tion | \ kȯ-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce causation (audio) \

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 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 defendantsSindell 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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