Definition of causality in US English:



  • 1The relationship between cause and effect.

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eliot's use of liability both binds a social group through a common concern about producing harm and yokes causality to morality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some commentators, most notably Winkler, suppose that Berkeley retains this view of causality in the published works.’
    • ‘This being said, we can begin with Hume's actual description of causality.’
    • ‘The concept of causality is constitutive of objective empirical knowledge; the concept of purpose is not.’
    • ‘Such interconnection is traditionally asserted in the principle of causality or natural law.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Constructivists, as a rule, cannot subscribe to positivist conceptions of causality.’
    • ‘How is the causality of the natural world reconcilable with what Kant calls ‘the causality of freedom’?’
    • ‘A brief footnote in one of Leslie's writings endorses what purports to be Hume's view of causality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It underlies certain intuitions that we have about causality, morality, and personal identity.’
    • ‘Another of his interests was natural philosophy, in particular he was interested in determinism and chance, causality and indeterminacy.’
    • ‘One has to remember that causality as such is an everyday notion that has no natural application in physics.’
    • ‘Another reason for Russell's reversion to realism was his recognition that the notion of causality is problematic for phenomenalism.’
    • ‘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’.