Definition of causation in US English:

causation

noun

  • 1The action of causing something.

    ‘investigating the role of nitrate in the causation of cancer’
    • ‘Since this was a correlational study, no causations can be assumed regarding self-esteem.’
    • ‘The mere presence of viral particles does not establish causation of autism: it may be an incidental finding.’
    • ‘We searched Medline using strategies for studies of causation and aetiology described by McKibbon.’
    • ‘As the molecular mechanisms of diseases and their causations are increasingly understood, so classifications are increasingly becoming blurred and overlapping, and many diseases are now recognized as being multi-causal.’
    • ‘Take a standard case of mental causation: your headache causes you to go to the cupboard to get an aspirin.’
    • ‘It inhibits a phosphorylating enzyme that's crucial in the causation of that particular cancer.’
    • ‘A breach of duty was conceded but causation of the injury was not accepted.’
    • ‘A jury could reasonably decide that causation had been established, given the evidence.’
    • ‘But if you put it on that basis, your causation has not necessarily been determined.’
    • ‘Where we say the trial judge eventually failed is that he did not make a determination as to causation in this case.’
    • ‘Yet, by the end of the semester, this was the book that most illuminated their understandings of the complex causations behind forest change.’
    • ‘But counter-stories and challenges to the causations of such oblivion find little or no public space.’
    • ‘Moreover, in simple causation the second event does not occur unless the first event has occurred.’
    • ‘The present study confirmed the harmfulness of bidis in the causation of lung cancer.’
    • ‘The criteria for determining causation of serious events were not stated.’
    • ‘Rather, liability for injuries has been extended beyond any reasonable definition of causation.’
    • ‘In conclusion, this study has shown smoking as the principle risk factor in the causation of lung cancer among men.’
    • ‘It does not depend on proof of causation of actionable loss.’
    • ‘The general principle is that causation is established if the result would not have occurred but for D's conduct.’
    • ‘To my mind, the first issue which the judge had to determine was an issue of causation - did the breach of duty cause the damage alleged.’
    creation, causing, making, engendering, spawning, production, initiation, origination, inception, occasioning, prompting, kindling, triggering, inspiration
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    1. 1.1 The relationship between cause and effect; causality.
      • ‘Some authorities reverse the ordinary burden or proof with respect to causation.’
      • ‘Such conspiracy thinking is actually a misdirected partial understanding of social causation.’
      • ‘Probabilistic theories of causation can be used to answer both types of question.’
      • ‘That involves proof of causation, which is discussed further below.’
      • ‘As my psychology students realize, correlation does not equal causation.’
      • ‘It seems that people on the right and left are quick to confuse correlation with causation.’
      • ‘There is one other matter which I must mention in relation to causation.’
      • ‘Another version of the first kind of strategy is to clarify the notion of causation involved in the argument.’
      • ‘If you apply the statistics, you will find correlation, even if there is no causation.’
      • ‘The courts do not appear to have grappled with the principles of causation specifically in relation to omissions.’
      • ‘Time travel, entailing as it does backward causation, does not involve changing the past.’
      • ‘As often is the case, a problem covering omission will also involve a consideration of causation.’
      • ‘We are a social order built on the notion of underlying causation and necessary explanations.’
      • ‘The question of connection occupies the bulk of the vast literature on causation.’
      • ‘As was implicit in our opening reflections on causation, that conception includes causal circumstances.’
      • ‘Of course, one alternative possibility might be to deny that causation is an extensional relation.’
      • ‘The intuition that causation is an intrinsic relation does not apply in this case.’
      • ‘The notion of causation, as a legal matter, involves two types of inquiry.’
      • ‘He demanded that an adequate explanation of a correlation or process should specify all four aspects of causation.’
      • ‘The link between correlation and causation seems to be the bone of contention.’

Origin

Late 15th century: from Latin causatio(n-) ‘pretext’ (in medieval Latin ‘the action of causing’), from causare ‘to cause’.

Pronunciation

causation

/kôˈzāSH(ə)n//kɔˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/