from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the end, design, or object, for which anything is done.
  • adj. See under Cause.

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  • n. (philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process


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  • The word semeion means "sign", an appeal to intelligence, and expresses the purpose or final cause of the miracle.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • The Council of Trent (l.c. cap. vii), moreover, did not neglect to enumerate in detail the other causes of justification: the glory of God and of Christ as the final cause (causa finalis), the mercy of God as the efficient cause (causa efficiens), the Passion of Christ as the meritorious cause (causa meritoria), the reception of the Sacraments as the instrumental cause

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • With the addition of the efficient and final cause (and of privation) they constitute the whole doctrine of its √¶tiology, and are invoked as a sufficient explanation of "accidental" change.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman


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