Definition of causality in English:



mass noun
  • 1The relationship between cause and effect.

    • ‘The second key point about social interaction capacity takes the form of a question about causality and connectivity.’
    • ‘Superstition is merely the confusion of correlation and causality.’
    • ‘To illustrate this point, he looks first in his essay at how the modern understanding of causality differs from that of the ancients.’
    • ‘The ongoing debate boils down to a question of correlation versus causality.’
    • ‘Because other primates do not understand intentionality or causality they do not engage in cultural learning of this type.’
    • ‘The trial narrative also tries to give an appearance of causality, significance, order, and closure.’
    • ‘The design of this study was descriptive, and a descriptive study cannot produce valid interpretations of causality.’
    • ‘But is the link between knowledge and economic structure really one of causality?’
    • ‘Certain male commenters on feminist blogs like to imply that we just don't get the distinction between correlation and causality.’
    • ‘The subject of labour relations causality is a fascinating field of study for persons interested in the complexities of modern societal phenomena.’
    • ‘The removal experiment confirmed the causality in this relationship between female presence and hatching success.’
    • ‘The experimental framework is grounded in varying conditions and in using different treatments to assess causality.’
    • ‘However, it should be noted that these data are correlational, thus causality cannot be assumed.’
    • ‘Differential equations describe the relationship of causality.’
    • ‘Note, however, that such a correlation does not indicate which is the relation of causality between the two variables.’
    • ‘Doesn't this seem to you to be a classic instance of correlation being confused with causality?’
    • ‘All human beings live out their lives in a universe of order and disorder, causality and contingency, regularity and chance.’
    • ‘I also point out the difference between causality and correlation.’
    • ‘We have no evidence that treatment options must correspond with theories of causality.’
    • ‘To deny causality is to deny divine wisdom, for causality is a necessary relation.’
  • 2The principle that everything has a cause.

    • ‘Some commentators, most notably Winkler, suppose that Berkeley retains this view of causality in the published works.’
    • ‘One of the most modern conceptions of causality is the so-called probabilistic one.’
    • ‘Furthermore, belief in an eternal universe breaks the principle of causality.’
    • ‘It is not surprising that much of the argument of the Analytic concerns the ideas of substance and causality, as Kant wished us to understand them.’
    • ‘But if limits of the right sort persist, I see no reason that explanatory theories invoking the concept of agent causality should not be adopted.’
    • ‘Such interconnection is traditionally asserted in the principle of causality or natural law.’
    • ‘Another of his interests was natural philosophy, in particular he was interested in determinism and chance, causality and indeterminacy.’
    • ‘Another reason for Russell's reversion to realism was his recognition that the notion of causality is problematic for phenomenalism.’
    • ‘One has to remember that causality as such is an everyday notion that has no natural application in physics.’
    • ‘Constructivists, as a rule, cannot subscribe to positivist conceptions of causality.’
    • ‘Eliot's use of liability both binds a social group through a common concern about producing harm and yokes causality to morality.’
    • ‘The concept of causality is constitutive of objective empirical knowledge; the concept of purpose is not.’
    • ‘I suspect that the universe is deterministic and based upon a set of first principles that are probably not comprehensible to any sort of being that is bound to causality.’
    • ‘How is the causality of the natural world reconcilable with what Kant calls ‘the causality of freedom’?’
    • ‘It underlies certain intuitions that we have about causality, morality, and personal identity.’
    • ‘This being said, we can begin with Hume's actual description of causality.’
    • ‘A brief footnote in one of Leslie's writings endorses what purports to be Hume's view of causality.’
    • ‘Rather it is the social milieu of the physicists of the Weimar period with its Spenglerian hostility to science and causality that is the cause of their beliefs.’


Late 15th century: from French causalité or medieval Latin causalitas, from Latin causa ‘cause’.