Definition of second cause in US English:

second cause


  • A cause that is itself caused.

    • ‘The causal efficacy of the candidate cause was evaluated first by itself, and then in the presence of a second cause, hereafter referred to as the alternative cause.’
    • ‘And while he may work through second causes, He is not subject to those second causes.’
    • ‘Finally, if second causes were real causes they would be sufficient to produce their effects.’
    • ‘Here, reliable discounting was observed even though the second cause was less contingent than the first cause.’
    • ‘Naturally, delegation arising from the third cause is passed off as arising from the first and second causes.’