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Definition: Final cause
(k[add]z), n. [F. cause, fr. L. causa. Cf.
, v., Kickshaw
1. That which produces or effects a result; that from which
anything proceeds, and without which it would not exist.
Cause is substance exerting its power into act, to
make one thing begin to be. --Locke.
2. That which is the occasion of an action or state; ground;
reason; motive; as, cause for rejoicing.
3. Sake; interest; advantage. [Obs.]
I did it not for his cause. --2 Cor. vii.
4. (Law) A suit or action in court; any legal process by
which a party endeavors to obtain his claim, or what he
regards as his right; case; ground of action.
5. Any subject of discussion or debate; matter; question;
affair in general.
What counsel give you in this weighty cause! --Shak.
6. The side of a question, which is espoused, advocated, and
upheld by a person or party; a principle which is
advocated; that which a person or party seeks to attain.
God befriend us, as our cause is just. --Shak.
The part they take against me is from zeal to the
, the agent or force that produces a change
, the end, design, or object, for which anything
, the elements of a conception which make the
conception or the thing conceived to be what it is; or the
idea viewed as a formative principle and co["o]perating
with the matter.
, that of which anything is made.
. See under Proximate
To make common cause with
, to join with in purposes and
Syn: Origin; source; mainspring; motive; reason; incitement;
inducement; purpose; object; suit; action.
(f[imac]"nal), a. [F., fr. L. finalis, fr. finis
boundary, limit, end. See Finish
1. Pertaining to the end or conclusion; last; terminating;
ultimate; as, the final day of a school term.
Yet despair not of his final pardon. --Milton.
2. Conclusive; decisive; as, a final judgment; the battle of
Waterloo brought the contest to a final issue.
3. Respecting an end or object to be gained; respecting the
purpose or ultimate end in view.
. See under Cause
Usage: Final is now appropriated to that which brings with it
an end; as, a final adjustment; the final judgment,
etc. Conclusive implies the closing of all discussion,
negotiation, etc.; as, a conclusive argument or fact;
a conclusive arrangement. In using ultimate, we have
always reference to something earlier or proceeding;
as when we say, a temporary reverse may lead to an
ultimate triumph. The statements which a man finally
makes at the close of a negotiation are usually
conclusive as to his ultimate intentions and designs.