A cause that contributes to, but is not necessary for, the production of an effect or result. See also proximate cause.
- to work together with toward the same objective; join forces with
Other Word Forms of Cause
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Cause
- make common cause with
Origin of Cause
From Middle English cause, from Old French cause (“a cause, a thing”), from Latin causa (“reason, sake, cause”), in Medieval Latin also "a thing". Origin uncertain. See accuse, excuse. Displaced native Middle English sake (“cause, reason”) (from Old English sacu (“cause”)), Middle English andweorc, andwork (“matter, cause”) (from Old English andweorc (“matter, thing, cause”)).
Middle English from Old French from Latin causa reason, purpose
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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