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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. On account of; by reason of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • prep. On account of; by reason of; for sake of, for the purpose of; by dent of; on the force of; by way of

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conj. by reason of, on account of.

Etymologies

Middle English bi cause of, by reason of : bi, by; see by1 + cause, reason; see cause + of, of; see of.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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