Meaning of “causality” in the English Dictionary


"causality" in English

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causalitynoun [ U ]

uk /kɔːˈzæl.ə.ti/ us /kɑːˈzæl.ə.t̬i/ formal

Examples from literature

  • It was reserved for the greatest of modern philosophers to reveal to the world that causality is a condition, and a necessary condition, of thought. 
  • Modern physio-psychology absolutely denies every form of the free-will dogma in the name of the laws of natural causality. 
  • Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that these theories, by rendering the idea of causality more and more inflexible and universal, lead necessarily to the negation of God, since there always remains this question: And God, who created him? 
  • Thus the notion of causality —the assumption that natural things did not come of themselves, but had unseen antecedents—lay at the root of even the savage's interpretation of Nature. 
  • Whatever it shows is controlled by the same laws of causality which govern nature. 

(Definition of “causality” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)