Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, involving, or constituting a cause.
  • adjective Indicative of or expressing a cause.
  • noun A word or grammatical element, such as since or because, expressing a cause or reason.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun In grammar, a word that expresses a cause, or introduces a reason.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of, relating to, or being a cause of something; causing
  • noun grammar a word (such as because) that expresses a reason or a cause

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

  • adjective involving or constituting a cause; causing

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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