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

  • adj. Existing without a perceptible cause; spontaneous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That which happens spontaneously, unintended and uninitiated.
  • adj. Since all things must come from something that causes them the uncaused cause is that one thing that began the chain of existance, often identified as God.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no antecedent cause; uncreated; self-existent; eternal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no precedent cause; existing without an author; uncreated; self-existent.

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

  • adj. having no cause or apparent cause


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  • But, this being impossible, we must be content, wherever we stop, to contemplate the uncaused, that is, the unexplained; and then all that follows is only relatively explained.

    Logic Deductive and Inductive

  • If they're truly uncaused, that is, our reasons have nothing to do with how they're made, because then reasons would have something to do with the production of decisions, which are uncaused events; and this is clearly an absurdity.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • Even though free will is an 'uncaused' directional force towards a planned effec ...

    Brain Blogger

  • 'uncaused' in the sense of belonging immediately to the Ego -- one of them gains an advantage by a conscious reference of the mind to it as good or evil, then the agent who is capable of giving this advantage to that member of the system may properly be called moral.

    Mind and Motion and Monism

  • He surmised that there could not have been an infinite regress of these causes and the only way that our world of effects could have gotten rolling was through the activity of an original cause which itself was uncaused.

    Rabbi Adam Jacobs: What God Isn't: A Shavuot Reflection

  • God, by definition as "the uncaused first cause", must be the cause of all knowledge, hence he must know all.

    A Biologos Position

  • If sub-atomic particles are "free," then I would guess it's in the first sense of being "uncaused."

    A Biologos Position

  • The book should have been called The Grand Accident, because that's what "spontaneous" refers to -- an uncaused accident.

    Victor Stenger: The Grand Accident

  • Well, no; my point was that an “infinite string of causes” is not itself an uncaused cause.

    A Fine-Tuned Multiverse

  • When you turn around and pretend we started out seeking an uncaused cause, the circular nature of your thinking becomes apparent.

    A Fine-Tuned Multiverse


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