from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- prep. On account of; by reason of.
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- 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.
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)