- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
causation (countable and uncountable, plural causations)
- The act of causing.
- The act or agency by which an effect is produced.
- 1837, William Whewell, “Earliest Stages of Optics”, in History of the Inductive Sciences, from the Earliest to the Present Times. […], volume I, London: John W[illiam] Parker, […]; Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: J. and J. J. Deighton, →OCLC, book II (History of the Physical Sciences in Ancient Greece), page 100:
- Aristotle's views led him to try to describe the kind of causation by which vision is produced, instead of the laws by which it is exercised; and the attempt consisted, as in other subjects, of indistinct principles, and ill-combined facts.
- Cause and effect, considered as a system.
- Synonym: causality
act of causing
agency by which an effect is produced
causality — see causality
- causation in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- causation in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913