One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Produce satisfactory grounds for application of (or exemption from) a procedure or penalty.‘a notice to show cause why there should not be a committal to prison’attributive ‘show-cause notice’
- ‘On 3 June 1999 the Board wrote to Mr and Mrs Mann requiring them to show cause within 14 days why their legal aid certificates should not be revoked.’
- ‘In January 1994 the auditor published his provisional findings and the notices to show cause why the ten persons should not be surcharged.’
- ‘The show cause notice asks why the directors should not be removed, since the bank's financial position has deteriorated and non-performing assets have mounted.’
- ‘The draft order nisi that has been filed specifies five grounds on which the respondents are to be called on to show cause.’
- ‘He said when soldiers were found to be involved with illegal drugs they would normally be issued a notice to show cause as to why they should not be discharged.’
- ‘1 am giving you 28 days notice to show cause why you should not be expelled.’
- ‘The court gave the students until March 24 to show cause why the order should not be made final.’
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