Definition of due to

: as a result of : because of due to the complaints of uptight parents … he lost his job— Herbert Gold

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Using Due to: Usage Guide

The objection to due to as a preposition is only a continuation of disagreements that began in the 18th century over the proper uses of owing and due. Due to is as grammatically sound as owing to, which is frequently recommended in its place. It has been and is used by reputable writers and has been recognized as standard for decades. There is no solid reason to avoid due to.

Examples of due to in a Sentence

evening classes were cancelled due to heavy snow

First Known Use of due to

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of due to was in 1897

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Cite this Entry

“Due to.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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