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Definition: Material cause
, a. [L. materialis, fr. materia stuff,
matter: cf. F. mat['e]riel. See Matter
, and cf.
1. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical;
as, material substance or bodies.
The material elements of the universe. --Whewell.
2. Hence: Pertaining to, or affecting, the physical nature of
man, as distinguished from the mental
relating to the bodily wants, interests, and comforts; as,
material well-being; material comforts.
3. Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of
consequence; not be dispensed with; important;
Discourse, which was always material, never
I shall, in the account of simple ideas, set down
only such as are most material to our present
4. (Logic.) Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form,
of a thing. See Matter
. See under Cause
(Law), evidence which conduces to the
proof or disproof of a relevant hypothesis. --Wharton.
Syn: Corporeal; bodily; important; weighty; momentous;
(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.