His symptoms had no apparent physical causes.
She is the cause of all their problems.
The medicine was prescribed without good cause.
Their marriage was a cause for celebration.
I can support a cause that means something to me.
I'm willing to donate money as long as it's for a good cause. Verb
He swerved and caused an accident.
The flood caused great hardship.
The illness is caused by a virus.
The flood caused the town great hardship.
You caused us a lot of extra work. See More
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In many cases, cancellation is best understood not as some capricious social force, but as a system of cause-and-effect led primarily by the artist.
Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 19 Nov. 2022 Falls are the leading cause of injury and death for those 65 and older, with nearly 30% in this age group reporting at least one fall in 2018, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Melanie Radzicki Mcmanus, CNN, 18 Nov. 2022 Former coaches Rick Pitino and Chris Mack were not sanctioned, but former U of L assistants Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair were assessed two-year show-cause penalties.
Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 18 Nov. 2022 This game helps develop cognitive skills, spatial recognition and an understanding of cause-and-effect.
Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 18 Nov. 2022 Things can be improved with determination to sniff out the cause of the problem—and some pricey hardware.
Medea Giordano, WIRED, 17 Nov. 2022 Will Arizona's minimum wage increase cause problems for businesses?
Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 16 Nov. 2022 Both sets of guidelines say students should become comfortable identifying cause-and-effect relationships in history and learn that economic thinking requires making choices.
Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2022 The cause of the crash, including any motive behind it, is under investigation.
Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2022
Along with causing headaches and pain, the physical stress of wearing tight up-do hairstyles every day can cause damage to your hair in the form of traction alopecia.
Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 21 Nov. 2022 Hotter temperatures will cause proteins to coagulate faster.
Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 20 Nov. 2022 This may cause further concerns among politicians who want to tax oil company windfall profits.
Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 20 Nov. 2022 This latest injury setback will cause Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who introduced a new starting group Friday night, to reshuffle his rotation once more.
Chris Fedor, cleveland, 19 Nov. 2022 In older people, RSV can cause complications of existing chronic conditions or lead to pneumonia.
Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 Winter may be the primary season, when heating systems drive moisture from the air, but air conditioner use in summer can cause it, too.
Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, 18 Nov. 2022 High diesel fuel prices could cause food costs to spike if prices are still elevated when farmers, who use diesel to power their tractors, start tilling their land.
Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 17 Nov. 2022 Left for longer, the pathogen would eventually cause issues.
Eric Boodman, STAT, 17 Nov. 2022 See More
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Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin causa "judicial proceedings, interests of one side in a judicial case, plea, pretext, ground of action, motive, reason," of uncertain origin
Middle English causen, borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French causer, borrowed from Medieval Latin causāre, causārī "to plead, accuse, blame, serve as the cause of, occasion," going back to Latin causārī "to plead an action in law, plead as an excuse," derivative of causa "judicial proceedings, plea, cause entry 1"
: one (as a broker) that sets in motion a continuous series of events culminating especially in the sale or leasing of real estateentitled to a commission as the procuring cause of the sale even though the listing had expired
: an efficient, exciting, or contributing cause (as an act, practice, or event) that produces an injury which would not have occurred without itclaimed that the workplace accident was a producing cause of his disability—used especially in workers' compensation and consumer protection cases
A producing cause lacks the element of foreseeability associated with a proximate cause, being more exclusively concerned with causation in fact.
: a cause that sets in motion a sequence of events uninterrupted by any superseding causes and that results in a usually foreseeable effect (as an injury) which would not otherwise have occurred
: a reason or justification for an action or state (as belief): as
: good cause in this entry
an appeal dismissed for cause
: just cause in this entry
behavior that constitutes cause to terminate an employee
The circumstances under which cause, good cause, just cause, probable cause, reasonable cause, or sufficient cause exists are determined on a case by case basis. These terms are often used interchangeably, and the distinctions between them are sometimes unclear.
: a substantial reason put forth in good faith that is not unreasonable, arbitrary, or irrational and that is sufficient to create an excuse for an act under the lawunable to show good cause for failure to pay child supportneglect of duty is good cause for removal of a trustee
: cause that a person of ordinary intelligence would consider a fair and reasonable justification for an act—used especially in cases involving termination of employment and denial of unemployment benefits
: good cause in this entry
—probable cause\ˈprä-bə-bəl- \
: a reasonable ground in fact and circumstance for a belief in the existence of certain circumstances (as that an offense has been or is being committed, that a person is guilty of an offense, that a particular search will uncover contraband, that an item to be seized is in a particular place, or that a specific fact or cause of action exists)when supported by probable cause, warrantless search of vehicle may extend to every part of vehicle where objects of search might be concealedState v. Nixon, 593 N.E.2d 1210 (1992)
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution stipulates that “no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause.” Probable cause is also required for a warrantless arrest. Probable cause is an objective standard rather than a function of subjective opinion or suspicion not grounded in fact or circumstance. However, the facts or circumstances need not be of the nature of certainty necessary to establish proof in court.
: justification for an administrative search based on a showing that it is to be conducted in accordance with standardized nonarbitrary regulatory procedures designed to further public interest in regulatory enforcement that outweighs the intrusiveness of the search
questions of law…determinative of the cause then pending R. T. Gerwatowski
in the civil law of Louisiana: the reason for making a contract compare frustrationsense 2
Under the Louisiana Civil Code, if a contract's cause is illicit or immoral, the contract is absolutely null. If the cause fails after the contract is made (as when a leased building cannot be occupied because of a fire), the contract may either be not enforced or only partially enforced.