from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Descriptive of an existing condition or state that caused, predisposed for or excited a present condition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Beginning; predisposing; exciting; initial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Being the immediate cause; in medicine, noting a cause which immediately kindles a disease into action when there exists a predisposition to it. The procatarctic cause is often denominated the exciting cause. See efficient cause, under efficient.


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  • Christ is not, indeed, the procatarctic cause of that decree by which he determined such a dispensation of things; but the mediation of Christ, who was made sin for those to whom their sins are not imputed, is the foundation for the actual administration of the whole of that decree, respecting that part of it which consists in the dispensation of free grace and sparing mercy.

    A Dissertation on Divine Justice


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