Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, involving, or constituting a cause: a causal relationship between scarcity of goods and higher prices.
  • adj. Indicative of or expressing a cause.
  • n. A word or grammatical element, such as since or because, expressing a cause or reason.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, relating to, or being a cause of something; causing
  • n. a word (such as because) that expresses a reason or a cause

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to a cause or causes; inplying or containing a cause or causes; expressing a cause; causative.
  • n. A causal word or form of speech.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Constituting or being a cause; producing effects or results; causative; creative: as, causal energy.
  • Relating to a cause or causes; implying or containing a cause or causes; expressing a cause.
  • n. In grammar, a word that expresses a cause, or introduces a reason.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. involving or constituting a cause; causing

Etymologies

From Latin causalis, from causa ("cause"); see cause. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now, while our _idea of God_ thus tells us that God has in his hand all causal chains in the world, and its million-threaded web in constant omni-surveying presence and in all-controlling omnipotence, our reflection on the _world_ and its substance and course also leads us from the _a posteriori_ starting-point of analytical investigation precisely to the same result; it even leads us to a still more concrete conception of this idea -- namely, to the result, that not only the _causal chains, in their totality and in their web_, but also _all single links_ of these chains,

    The Theories of Darwin and Their Relation to Philosophy, Religion, and Morality

  • I think that if CO2 is a main causal variable, then we will see temperature increases going forward.

    What Kind of Global Warming Skeptic?, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Dale thought literary history mattered mainly as a connected narrative of improvement, and he accordingly asked students to explain causal connections in that narrative.

    Culture and Discontinuity (in the 1840s and in Foucault)

  • By causal is meant channeling the energy in specific ways, to disrupt certain things such as groups, organizations, or target/attack specific individuals.

    Satanism Exposed: The ONA Fake Org | Disinformation

  • And yet the notion that socioeconomic factors being the main causal relationship to terrorism exists in higher academia, notably from this Stanford University thesis in 2002 which asserts that “certain socioeconomic and demographic factors seem to help create this kind of terrorism and make it easier to recruit terrorists”.

    2008 February 07 « Unambiguously Ambidextrous

  • Along a certain causal chain of events traced through the actual history, Hitler's holocaust can indeed be laid at the feet of Darwin and his family.

    Darwin Strips Reality of Purpose?

  • However, I heard discussion of objects being in causal contact requiring instantaneous connection.

    Are Changes Brewing and How Does the Mind Fit In?

  • Why is it that moderately-skilled metaphysicians even do better with issues in causal flow than Darwinists?

    Darwin or Design

  • Does it link events in causal relations, or does it simply juxtapose statements with one another, setting them disjointedly side by side?

    Reading, Begging, Paul de Man

  • This is called causal refuge; you are taking refuge in the Three Jewels that are established in the mental continuums of others—placing your confidence especially in the cessations of suffering and the spiritual states they have actualized to overcome their suffering.

    Mind Of Clear Light

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