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causal agent

Definition:

any entity that produces an effect, or is responsible for events or results

Class:

noun (persons, places, or things)

Plural:

causal agents

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

causal agency | cause

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Causality | causation

the relation between an event and a second event, where the second event is understood as a consequence of the first. In common usage, causality is also the relation between a set of factors and a phenomenon. Anything that affects an effect is a factor... (45 of 8953 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Causality

Cause (disambiguation)

the relationship between one event and another. It may also refer to: An ethical ideal (principle or value) or belief in something to donate or share one's time, money, or energy towards | Causes (company), an online company | Just cause | Probable... (40 of 109 words, 7 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Cause (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

cause | make common cause with [sense-specific] | motive [synonym, sense-specific] | precipitate [synonym, sense-specific] | justification [synonym, sense-specific] | causable [adjective, derived]

a person, thing, event, state, or action that produces an effect | grounds for action; motive; justification | the ideals, etc, of a group or movement ... (24 of 647 words, 10 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/cause

Oxford Dictionary:

cause | cause and effect | cause of action | in the cause of | make common cause | a rebel without a cause | causeless [derived] | causer [derived]

a person or thing that gives rise to an action, phenomenon, or condition | reasonable grounds for doing, thinking, or feeling something | a principle, ... (23 of 352 words, 12 definitions, 16 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/cause

Macmillan British Dictionary:

cause | causes [plural] | cause and effect | have good cause to do something | make common cause with someone

[countable] an event, thing, or person that makes something happen | [countable/uncountable] a reason for behaving in a particular way or for feeling ... (22 of 298 words, 7 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/cause

cause [transitive, verb] | caused [past tense] | causing [present participle] | causes [3rd-person singular present]

to make something happen, usually something bad ; used about something that makes an illness start ; used about someone who has done something wrong (25 of 156 words, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/cause 20

Random House Dictionary:

cause | caused [past tense] | causing [present participle] | make common cause [sense-specific]

a person or thing that acts, happens, or exists in such a way that some specific thing happens as a result; the producer of an effect. | the reason or ... (29 of 263 words, 11 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/cause

Merriam-Webster:

cause [entry 1, noun] | motive [synonym, sense-specific] | case [synonym, sense-specific] | antecedent [synonym, sense-specific] | causality [synonym, sense-specific] | causation [synonym, sense-specific] | occasion [synonym, sense-specific] | reason [synonym, sense-specific] | aftereffect [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

a reason for an action or condition; "motive" ; something that brings about ... | a ground of legal action ; "case" | a matter or question to be ... (27 of 241 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/cause

cause [entry 2, verb] | caused [past tense] | causing [present participle] | beget [synonym, sense-specific] | breed [synonym, sense-specific] | bring [synonym, sense-specific] | bring about [synonym, sense-specific] | bring on [synonym, sense-specific] | catalyze [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to serve as a cause or occasion of | to compel by command, authority, or force (15 of 192 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/cause show=1

American Heritage Dictionary:

cause | caused [past tense] | causing [present participle] | causes [3rd-person singular present] | 'cause | causable [adjective, related] | causeless [adjective, related] | causer [noun, related]

The producer of an effect, result, or consequence. | The one, such as a person, event, or condition, that is responsible for an action or result. | A ... (26 of 160 words, 11 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cause

New World Dictionary:

cause | caused [past tense] | causing [present participle] | 'cause | causeless [adjective, related] | causer [noun, related]

anything producing an effect or result | a person or thing acting voluntarily or involuntarily as the agent that brings about an effect or result | a ... (25 of 125 words, 7 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cause

Cambridge Dictionary:

cause [entry 1]

the reason why something, especially something bad, happens | a reason to feel something or to behave in a particular way (20 of 83 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cause 1

cause [entry 2]

a socially valuable principle which is strongly supported by some people (11 of 41 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cause 2

cause [entry 3]

to make something happen, especially something bad (7 of 47 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cause 3

cause [entry 4, informal]

because (1 of 32 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cause 4

Wiktionary:

cause | causes [plural] | caused [past tense] | causing [present participle] | lost cause [idiomatic] | lost causes [idiomatic, plural] | sinking ship [idiomatic] | reason [synonym, sense-specific] | source [synonym, sense-specific]

The source or reason of an event or action | A goal, aim or principle, especially one which transcends purely selfish ends. | To set off an event or action. | To actively produce as a result, by means of force or authority. (40 of 74 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/cause

Encarta Dictionary:

cause | causes [plural] | caused [past tense] | causing [present participle]

a person or thing that makes something happen or exist or is responsible for something that happens | a reason or grounds for doing or feeling ... (25 of 235 words, 7 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861595576​/definition​.html  [offline]

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