Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having no cause or producing agent; self-originated; uncreated.
  • Without just ground, reason, or motive: as, causeless hatred; causeless fear.
  • Without cause.

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

  • adverb Without cause or reason.
  • adjective 1. Self-originating; uncreated.
  • adjective Without just or sufficient reason; groundless.

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

  • adjective Having no obvious cause; fortuitous or inexplicable
  • adjective groundless or unreasonable

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

  • adjective having no cause or apparent cause
  • adjective having no justifying cause or reason

Etymologies

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cause +‎ -less

Examples

  • If any human acts may loosely be called causeless, they are the minor acts of a healthy man; whistling as he walks; slashing the grass with a stick; kicking his heels or rubbing his hands.

    Orthodoxy

  • If any human acts may loosely be called causeless, they are the minor acts of a healthy man; whistling as he walks; slashing the grass with a stick; kicking his heels or rubbing his hands.

    Orthodoxy

  • If any human acts may loosely be called causeless, they are the minor acts of a healthy man; whistling as he walks; slashing the grass with a stick; kicking his heels or rubbing his hands.

    Orthodoxy

  • With all this advance warning, the spectacle, two years later, of a "causeless" riot shouldn't have been surprising.

    Why Prisoners Riot

  • Orat.xxix. 490, ean ten apo chronon noes archen kai anarchos ho hui& 232; s, ouk archetai gar apo chronou ho chronon despotes. (ii) In the sense of anaitios, "causeless," "originis principio carens," it is applied to the Father alone, and not to the

    NPNF2-08. Basil: Letters and Select Works

  • Shimoff feels, from observing her own life as well as everyone else's she knows, that it is this kind of causeless love that we are missing.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Shakspeare, inspired, as it might seem, with all knowledge, here uses the word 'causeless' in its strict philosophical sense; -- cause being truly predicable only of 'phenomena', that is, things natural, and not of 'noumena', or things supernatural.

    Literary Remains, Volume 2

  • They say miracles are past; and we have our philosophical persons that is, scientists, to make modern and familiar, things supernatural and causeless.

    In the Valley of the Shadow

  • Conspiracy theories took hold: In the town of Oyster Bay, on Long Island, city counselors accused John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie of using their millions to corrupt “men and microbes” in order to create “causeless hysteria and . . . needless hardships.”

    The Panic Virus

  • Conspiracy theories took hold: In the town of Oyster Bay, on Long Island, city counselors accused John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie of using their millions to corrupt “men and microbes” in order to create “causeless hysteria and . . . needless hardships.”

    The Panic Virus

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