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Definition of "causal" []

  • Of, involving, or constituting a cause: a causal relationship between scarcity of goods and higher prices. (adjective)
  • Indicative of or expressing a cause. (adjective)
  • A word or grammatical element, such as since or because, expressing a cause or reason. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "causal" in a sentence
  • "Now, while our _idea of God_ thus tells us that God has in his hand all causal chains in the world, and its million-threaded web in constant omni-surveying presence and in all-controlling omnipotence, our reflection on the _world_ and its substance and course also leads us from the _a posteriori_ starting-point of analytical investigation precisely to the same result; it even leads us to a still more concrete conception of this idea -- namely, to the result, that not only the _causal chains, in their totality and in their web_, but also _all single links_ of these chains,"
  • "I think that if CO2 is a main causal variable, then we will see temperature increases going forward."
  • "Dale thought literary history mattered mainly as a connected narrative of improvement, and he accordingly asked students to explain causal connections in that narrative."