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Another word for cause

  1. That which produces an effect

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  2. A basis for an action or a decision

      1. To move upward or forward in a single quick motion or a series of such motions; leap:
      2. To move suddenly, especially because of being resilient or moved by a spring:
      3. To start doing something suddenly:
      1. The basis or motive for an action, decision, or conviction:
      2. A declaration made to explain or justify action, decision, or conviction:
      3. A fact or cause that explains why something exists or has occurred:
      1. An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an incitement to action.
      2. A motif in art, literature, or music.
      3. Causing or able to cause motion:
      1. The act or process of motivating:
      2. The state of being motivated:
      3. Something that motivates; an inducement, reason, or goal:
      1. The solid surface of the earth.
      2. The floor of a body of water, especially the sea.
      3. Soil; earth:
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  3. That which provides a reason or justification

  4. A goal or set of interests served with dedication

      1. Any of the military expeditions undertaken by European Christians in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to recover control of the Holy Land from the Muslims.
      2. A holy war undertaken with papal sanction.
      3. A concerted effort or vigorous movement for a cause or against an abuse:
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  5. A legal proceeding to demand justice or enforce a right

      1. A set of matching outer garments, especially one consisting of a coat with trousers or a skirt, often worn on formal occasions.
      2. A person, especially an executive, who wears one of these garments at work.
      3. An outfit worn for a special activity:
      1. An action or proceeding other than a criminal prosecution brought in a court of law or equity.
      1. An example that is cited to prove or invalidate a contention or illustrate a point.
      2. A case or an occurrence:
      3. A step in a process or series of events:
      1. An instance or occurrence of a particular kind or category:
      2. An occurrence of a disease or disorder:
      3. A set of circumstances or a state of affairs; a situation:
      1. The state or process of acting or doing:
      2. Something that is done or accomplished; a deed.
      3. Organized activity to accomplish an objective:
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  1. To be the cause of

Another word for cause

  1. An underlying principle

  2. The origin or source, thought of as the cause

      1. The act or process of bringing or being brought into being; a start:
      2. The time when something begins or is begun:
      3. The place where something begins or is begun:
      1. The usually underground portion of a plant that lacks buds, leaves, or nodes and serves as support, draws minerals and water from the surrounding soil, and sometimes stores food.
      2. Any of various other underground plant parts, especially an underground stem such as a rhizome, corm, or tuber.
      3. The embedded part of an organ or structure such as a hair, tooth, or nerve, that serves as a base or support.
      1. Going before; preceding.
      2. One that precedes another.
      3. A preceding occurrence, cause, or event.
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  3. The immediate moving force

  4. A person who brings about a result

  5. A belief

  6. Aim

      1. Existing independent of or external to the mind; actual or real:
      2. Based on observable phenomena; empirical:
      3. Uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices:
      1. A conception of something in its absolute perfection:
      2. One that is regarded as a standard or model of perfection or excellence:
      3. An ultimate or worthy object of endeavor; a goal:
      1. The object toward which an endeavor is directed; an end.
      2. A structure or area into which players endeavor to propel a ball or puck in order to score points.
      3. A play or shot that sends a ball or puck into or through the goal.
      1. Something perceptible by one or more of the senses, especially by vision or touch; a material thing.
      2. A focus of attention, feeling, thought, or action:
      3. A limiting factor that must be considered:
  1. To bring about

      1. To give permission or opportunity to; allow:
      2. To cause to; make:
      3. Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a command, request, or proposal:
      1. To cause to exist or happen; bring about; create:
      2. To bring into existence by shaping, modifying, or putting together material; construct:
      3. To form by assembling individuals or constituents:
      1. Something brought about by a cause or agent; a result.
      2. The power to produce an outcome or achieve a result:
      3. Advantage; avail:
      1. To bring forth; yield:
      2. To create by physical or mental effort:
      3. To manufacture:
  2. To be the cause

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Synonym Study

  • A determinant is a cause that helps to determine the character of an effect or result ambition was a determinant in his success
  • An antecedent is an event or thing that is the predecessor of, and is usually to some extent responsible for, a later event or thing war always has its antecedents
  • A motive is an impulse, emotion, or desire that leads to action the motive for a crime
  • Reason implies the mental activity of a rational being in explaining or justifying some act or thought she had a reason for laughing
  • Cause refers to a situation, event, or agent that produces an effect or result carelessness is often a cause of accidents