cau|sa|tion


cau|sa|tion
cau|sa|tion «k ZAY shuhn», noun.
1. a causing or being caused: »

It sometimes happens that we are punished for our faults by incidents, in the causation of which these faults had no share (Samuel Taylor Coleridge).

2. whatever produces an effect; a cause or causes: »

A serious work, to say nothing of a tragic one, cannot hope to achieve truly high excellence short of an investigation into the whole gamut of causation of which society is a manifest and crucial part (Arthur Miller).

3. the relation of cause and effect; the principle that nothing can happen or exist without a cause; causality: »

historical causation is so endlessly complex (Bulletin of Atomic Scientists).


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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