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cause

Legal Definition of cause

Noun

  1. An action or suit
  2. Also, a ground of action

Related terms


Definition of cause

Pronunciation

  • (RP) enPR: kôz, IPA: /k"ːz/, SAMPA: /kO:z/
  • Audio (US) [?]
  • Rhymes: -"ːz
  • Homophone: caws; cores (non-rhotic dialects)

Noun

cause (plural causes)

  1. The source or reason of an event or action
  2. A goal, aim or principle, especially one which transcends purely selfish ends.
    He is fighting for a just cause.

Synonyms

  • (source or reason): reason, source

Verb

cause (third-person singular simple present causes, present participle causing, simple past and past participle caused)

  1. To set off an event or action.

    The explosion caused a panic.

  2. To actively produce as a result, by means of force or authority.

    The explosion caused much damage to the building.

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