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A declaration made to explain or justify action, decision, or conviction:
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  1. A declaration made to explain or justify action, decision, or conviction:
  2. A normal mental state; sanity:
  3. A fact or cause that explains why something exists or has occurred:
A causal agency; anything producing an effect
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  1. A causal agency; anything producing an effect
  2. The act or agency by which an effect is produced.
  3. The act of causing or producing an effect or a result. See also chain of causation, causality, and cause. The act of causing or producing an effect or a result. See also chain of causation, causality, and cause.
A motif in art, literature, or music.
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  1. A motif in art, literature, or music.
  2. An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an incitement to action.
  3. Some inner drive, impulse, intention, etc. that causes a person to do something or act in a certain way; incentive; goal
A focus of attention, feeling, thought, or action:
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  1. A focus of attention, feeling, thought, or action:
  2. Something perceptible by one or more of the senses, especially by vision or touch; a material thing.
  3. A person or thing to which action, thought, or feeling is directed
The object for which something exists or is done; end in view
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  1. The object for which something exists or is done; end in view
  2. Determination; resolution:
  3. The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or goal:
The interpretation, meaning, or sense given in explaining
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  1. The interpretation, meaning, or sense given in explaining
  2. The act or process of explaining:
  3. A mutual defining of terms, declaration of motives, etc. to clear up a misunderstanding or settle a dispute
An incentive that helps bring about a desired state.
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  1. An incentive that helps bring about a desired state.
  2. (Law) Misrepresentation that leads a person to enter into a contract or transaction with a false understanding of the risks and obligations:
  3. In contract law, the material reason for undertaking certain obligations. In criminal law, motive or that which leads to the commission of a crime. In contract law, the material reason for undertaking certain obligations. In criminal law, motive or that which leads to the commission of a crime.
Any natural force applied by people to produce power, as muscular energy or flowing water
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  1. Any natural force applied by people to produce power, as muscular energy or flowing water
  2. One regarded as the initial source of energy directed toward a goal:
  3. A machine or mechanism that converts natural energy into work.
An impelling force
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  1. An impelling force
  2. Any power, as steam, electricity, etc., used to impart motion; any source of mechanical energy
  3. The power that enables something to move; also used in a figurative sense.
The chief motivating force:
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  1. The chief motivating force:
  2. The principal spring in a mechanical device, especially a watch or clock, that drives the mechanism by uncoiling.
  3. (Figuratively) The most important reason for something.
An underlying circumstance or condition:
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  1. An underlying circumstance or condition:
  2. The fundamental principle or theory, as of a system of knowledge
  3. A set of independent vectors whose linear combinations define a vector space, such as a reference frame used to establish a coordinate system.
The condition or fact of being justified.
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  1. The condition or fact of being justified.
  2. A reason, explanation, or excuse which provides convincing, morally acceptable support for behavior or for a belief or occurrence.
  3. A showing of an appropriate reason for one’s actions. A showing of an appropriate reason for one’s actions.
An area or a position that is contested in or as if in battle:
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  1. An area or a position that is contested in or as if in battle:
  2. The set of shared points in an electrical circuit at which the measured voltage is taken to be zero. The ground is usually connected directly to the power supply and acts as a common “sink” for current flowing through the components in the circuit.
  3. The logical basis of a conclusion, action, etc.; valid reason, motive, or cause
A subject of concern, feeling, or action:
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  1. A subject of concern, feeling, or action:
  2. The substance of thought or expression as opposed to the manner in which it is stated or conveyed.
  3. What all (material) things are made of; whatever occupies space and is perceptible to the senses in some way: in modern physics, matter and energy are regarded as equivalents, mutually convertible according to Einstein's formula, E = mc2 (i.e., energy equals mass multiplied by the square of the velocity of light); in dualistic thinking, matter is regarded as the opposite of mind, spirit, etc.
A substance that cannot be broken down into simpler substances by chemical means. An element is composed of atoms that have the same atomic number, that is, each atom has the same number of protons in its nucleus as all other atoms of that element. Today 117 elements are known, of which 92 are known to occur in nature, while the remainder have only been made with particle accelerators. Eighty-one of the elements have isotopes that are stable. The others, including technetium, promethium, and those with atomic numbers higher than 83, are radioactive.
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  1. A substance that cannot be broken down into simpler substances by chemical means. An element is composed of atoms that have the same atomic number, that is, each atom has the same number of protons in its nucleus as all other atoms of that element. Today 117 elements are known, of which 92 are known to occur in nature, while the remainder have only been made with particle accelerators. Eighty-one of the elements have isotopes that are stable. The others, including technetium, promethium, and those with atomic numbers higher than 83, are radioactive.
  2. The natural or suitable environment, situation, etc. for a person or thing
  3. A component part or quality, often one that is basic or essential
The base on which something rests; specif., the supporting part of a wall, house, etc., usually of masonry, concrete, etc., and at least partially underground
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  1. The base on which something rests; specif., the supporting part of a wall, house, etc., usually of masonry, concrete, etc., and at least partially underground
  2. The basis on which a thing stands, is founded, or is supported.
  3. The act of founding, especially the establishment of an institution with provisions for future maintenance.
(Mathematics) The value computed from a square matrix of numbers by a rule of combining products of the matrix entries and that characterizes the solvablitity of simultaneous linear equations. Its absolute value can be interpreted as an area or volume.
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  1. (Mathematics) The value computed from a square matrix of numbers by a rule of combining products of the matrix entries and that characterizes the solvablitity of simultaneous linear equations. Its absolute value can be interpreted as an area or volume.
  2. (Math.) The sum of the products formed from a square matrix in accordance with certain laws
  3. A determining factor; an element that determines the nature of something
A purpose or cause:
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  1. A purpose or cause:
  2. The reason; cause
One's ancestors.
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  1. One's ancestors.
  2. (Math.) The first term or numerator of a ratio
  3. The important events and occurrences in one's early life.
(Music) The note from which a chord is built.
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  1. (Music) The note from which a chord is built.
  2. The close ties one has with some place or people as through birth, upbringing, long and sympathetic association, etc.
  3. The essential part or element; the basic core:
The first part:
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  1. The first part:
  2. The place where something begins or is begun:
  3. The source or cause:
The important events and occurrences in one's early life.
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  1. The important events and occurrences in one's early life.
  2. A preceding occurrence, cause, or event.
  3. One that precedes another.
A substance that can bring about a chemical reaction or a biological effect.
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  1. A substance that can bring about a chemical reaction or a biological effect.
  2. One who by mutual consent is authorized to act for another. See agency, authority, and principal. One who by mutual consent is authorized to act for another. See agency, authority, and principal.
  3. A person or thing that performs an action or brings about a certain result, or that is able to do so
(Law) A provision making the effect of a legal instrument contingent on the occurrence of an uncertain future event.
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  1. (Law) A provision making the effect of a legal instrument contingent on the occurrence of an uncertain future event.
  2. One that is indispensable to the appearance or occurrence of another; a prerequisite:
  3. A future and uncertain event, fact, or circumstance whose existence or occurrence is necessary for the existence or determining the extent of an obligation or liability. See also estate and fee simple.
The study of causes or origins.
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  1. The study of causes or origins.
  2. The cause or origin of a disease, condition, or constellation of symptoms or signs, as determined by medical diagnosis or research.
  3. Assignment of a cause, an origin, or a reason for something.
An area or a position that is contested in or as if in battle:
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  1. An area or a position that is contested in or as if in battle:
  2. The set of shared points in an electrical circuit at which the measured voltage is taken to be zero. The ground is usually connected directly to the power supply and acts as a common “sink” for current flowing through the components in the circuit.
  3. The underlying condition prompting an action; a cause:
A question proposed for solution or consideration
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  1. A question proposed for solution or consideration
  2. A misgiving, objection, or complaint:
  3. A situation, matter, or person that is hard to deal with or understand:
Something that is the subject of discussion, concern, action, etc.; thing or affair
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  1. Something that is the subject of discussion, concern, action, etc.; thing or affair
  2. The substance of thought or expression as opposed to the manner in which it is stated or conveyed.
  3. What all (material) things are made of; whatever occupies space and is perceptible to the senses in some way: in modern physics, matter and energy are regarded as equivalents, mutually convertible according to Einstein's formula, E = mc2 (i.e., energy equals mass multiplied by the square of the velocity of light); in dualistic thinking, matter is regarded as the opposite of mind, spirit, etc.
A favorable or appropriate time or juncture:
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  1. A favorable or appropriate time or juncture:
  2. A significant event, especially a large or important social gathering:
  3. A fact, event, or state of affairs that makes something else possible
Any individual or matter requiring or undergoing official or formal observation, study, investigation, etc.
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  1. Any individual or matter requiring or undergoing official or formal observation, study, investigation, etc.
  2. An occurrence of a disease or disorder:
  3. A question or problem; a matter:
Conditions surrounding and affecting a person, esp. financial conditions
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  1. Conditions surrounding and affecting a person, esp. financial conditions
  2. Any happening or fact; event
  3. An act, condition, event, or fact connected with another act, condition, event, or fact either as an accessory or as a contributing or determining element. An act, condition, event, or fact connected with another act, condition, event, or fact either as an accessory or as a contributing or determining element.
A practice based upon earlier precedents
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  1. A practice based upon earlier precedents
  2. Convention or custom arising from long practice:
  3. An act, statement, legal decision, case, etc. that may serve as an example, reason, or justification for a later one
Manner in which a thing is situated in relation to its surroundings; location; position
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  1. Manner in which a thing is situated in relation to its surroundings; location; position
  2. A position of employment; a post:
  3. Position or condition with regard to circumstances
(Electronics) A defect in a circuit or wiring caused by imperfect connections, poor insulation, grounding, or shorting.
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  1. (Electronics) A defect in a circuit or wiring caused by imperfect connections, poor insulation, grounding, or shorting.
  2. Something that mars the appearance, character, structure, etc.; defect or failing
  3. (Geology) A fracture in the continuity of a rock formation caused by a shifting or dislodging of the earth's crust, in which adjacent surfaces are displaced relative to one another and parallel to the plane of fracture.
Someone who originates, creates or founds something.
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One empowered to act for or represent another:
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  1. One empowered to act for or represent another:
  2. A representative or official of a government or administrative department of a government:
  3. A force or substance that causes a change:
A person who gets things done
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  1. A person who gets things done
  2. A particularly active, energetic person:
  3. Someone who does, performs, or executes; an active person, an agent.
The act or process of convincing.
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  1. The act or process of convincing.
  2. The state or appearance of being convinced:
  3. The state of being found or proved guilty:
A brief statement of religious belief; confession of faith
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  1. A brief statement of religious belief; confession of faith
  2. Any set of beliefs or principles
  3. A system of belief, principles, or opinions:
A tendency or trend:
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  1. A tendency or trend:
  2. A series of actions and events taking place over a period of time and working to foster a principle or policy:
  3. An organized effort by supporters of a common goal:
A focus of attention, feeling, thought, or action:
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  1. A focus of attention, feeling, thought, or action:
  2. Something perceptible by one or more of the senses, especially by vision or touch; a material thing.
  3. A person or thing to which action, thought, or feeling is directed
The line, crossbar, or net over or into which the ball or puck must be passed to score
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  1. The line, crossbar, or net over or into which the ball or puck must be passed to score
  2. (Sports) A structure or area into which players endeavor to propel a ball or puck in order to score points.
  3. An object or end that one strives to attain; aim
One that is regarded as a standard or model of perfection or excellence:
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  1. One that is regarded as a standard or model of perfection or excellence:
  2. A person or thing regarded as fulfilling this conception; perfect model
  3. An ultimate or worthy object of endeavor; a goal:
The primary optical element, such as a lens or mirror, in a microscope, camera, telescope, or other optical instrument, that first receives light rays from the object and forms the image.
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  1. The primary optical element, such as a lens or mirror, in a microscope, camera, telescope, or other optical instrument, that first receives light rays from the object and forms the image.
  2. A material object that physically exists.
  3. (Optics) The lens or lenses nearest to the object observed, as in a microscope or telescope, that serve to focus light to form the image of the object
To get (a play, film, TV program, etc.) ready for presentation to the public
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  1. To get (a play, film, TV program, etc.) ready for presentation to the public
  2. To make or yield products or a product:
  3. To make or manufacture
To bring about; produce as a result; cause; accomplish
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  1. To bring about; produce as a result; cause; accomplish
  2. To bring about; make happen; cause or accomplish:
To rise or accumulate:
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  1. To rise or accumulate:
  2. To achieve, produce, or attain:
  3. To draw up and execute in a suitable form:
To give the use of (a house, room, etc.) to a tenant in return for rent; rent; hire out
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  1. To give the use of (a house, room, etc.) to a tenant in return for rent; rent; hire out
  2. To give permission or opportunity to; allow:
  3. To cause to; make
To come into being; start:
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  1. To come into being; start:
  2. To bring into being; esp., to create (something original); invent
  3. To bring into being; create or start:
To bring about deliberately; induce:
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  1. To bring about deliberately; induce:
  2. To give rise to; bring about:
  3. To stir to action or feeling:
(Computers) To produce (a program) by instructing a computer to follow given parameters with a skeleton program.
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  1. (Computers) To produce (a program) by instructing a computer to follow given parameters with a skeleton program.
  2. (Geom.) To trace out or form ( a curve, plane, or figure) by the motion of a point, line, or plane
  3. (Linguistics) In generative grammar, to construct (a sentence, for example) through the successive application of linguistic operations, rules, and conditions.
To be the occasion of; give occasion to; cause
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  1. To be the occasion of; give occasion to; cause
To become excited
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  1. To become excited
  2. To give birth to young. Used especially of rabbits.
  3. To arouse (an emotion, for example):
To be the origin of; to produce; to result in.
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  1. To be the origin of; to produce; to result in.
To draw (a general rule or conclusion) from particular facts; infer by induction
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  1. To draw (a general rule or conclusion) from particular facts; infer by induction
  2. To lead on to some action, condition, belief, etc.; prevail on; persuade
  3. To produce (radioactivity, for example) artificially by bombardment of a substance with neutrons, gamma rays, and other particles.
To cause to happen before expected, warranted, needed, or desired; bring on; hasten
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  1. To cause to happen before expected, warranted, needed, or desired; bring on; hasten
  2. (Chem.) To cause (a slightly soluble substance) to become insoluble, as by heat or by a chemical reagent, and separate out from a solution
  3. To fall from the atmosphere as rain, snow, or another form of precipitation.
To assist with a reminder; remind.
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  1. To assist with a reminder; remind.
  2. (Comput.) To request a response from (a user) with a prompt
  3. To remind (a person) of something he or she has forgotten; specif., to help (an actor, etc. who has forgotten a line) with a cue
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  1. To accomplish, achieve.
  2. To cause to take place.
To relieve (someone) from work temporarily by taking a turn.
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  1. To relieve (someone) from work temporarily by taking a turn.
  2. To name or write in order the letters of a word or words:
  3. (Informal) To serve or work in place of (another), esp. so as to give a period of rest to; relieve
To produce offspring; give birth to or hatch.
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  1. To produce offspring; give birth to or hatch.
  2. To cause to reproduce, especially by controlled mating and selection:
  3. To cause to reproduce; raise, esp. by controlled mating
The important events and occurrences in one's early life.
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  1. The important events and occurrences in one's early life.
  2. A preceding occurrence, cause, or event.
  3. Any happening or thing prior to another
A fact, event, or state of affairs that makes something else possible
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  1. A fact, event, or state of affairs that makes something else possible
  2. A significant event, especially a large or important social gathering:
  3. A favorable or appropriate time or juncture:
The connection of an electrical conductor with a ground
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  1. The connection of an electrical conductor with a ground
  2. The underlying condition prompting an action; a cause:
  3. An area or a position that is contested in or as if in battle:
The act or an instance of motivating
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  1. The act or an instance of motivating
  2. The act or process of motivating:
  3. Something that motivates; an inducement, reason, or goal:
A motif in art, literature, or music.
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  1. A motif in art, literature, or music.
  2. An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an incitement to action.
  3. Some inner drive, impulse, intention, etc. that causes a person to do something or act in a certain way; incentive; goal
A declaration made to explain or justify action, decision, or conviction:
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  1. A declaration made to explain or justify action, decision, or conviction:
  2. A normal mental state; sanity:
  3. A fact or cause that explains why something exists or has occurred:
A flow of water from the ground, often a source of a stream, pond, etc.
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  1. A flow of water from the ground, often a source of a stream, pond, etc.
  2. The season of the year between winter and summer, during which the weather becomes warmer and plants revive, extending in the Northern Hemisphere from the vernal equinox to the summer solstice and popularly considered to include the months of March, April, and May. In the Southern Hemisphere austral spring includes September, October, and November.
  3. A usually rapid return to normal shape after removal of stress; recoil:
A sound or an instrument made to imitate such a cry, used as a lure:
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  1. A sound or an instrument made to imitate such a cry, used as a lure:
  2. An option to buy a given quantity of a stock, commodity, etc. at a specified price and within a specified time: calls are purchased in expectation of a rise in price
  3. The strong attraction or appeal of a given activity or environment:
The set of shared points in an electrical circuit at which the measured voltage is taken to be zero. The ground is usually connected directly to the power supply and acts as a common “sink” for current flowing through the components in the circuit.
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  1. The set of shared points in an electrical circuit at which the measured voltage is taken to be zero. The ground is usually connected directly to the power supply and acts as a common “sink” for current flowing through the components in the circuit.
  2. An area or a position that is contested in or as if in battle:
  3. The logical basis of a conclusion, action, etc.; valid reason, motive, or cause
Something, such as a fact or circumstance, that justifies:
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  1. Something, such as a fact or circumstance, that justifies:
  2. A reason, explanation, or excuse which provides convincing, morally acceptable support for behavior or for a belief or occurrence.
  3. A showing of an appropriate reason for one’s actions. A showing of an appropriate reason for one’s actions.
The compulsion or constraint of man-made circumstances, habit, custom, law, etc.; logical or moral conditions making certain actions inevitable or obligatory
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  1. The compulsion or constraint of man-made circumstances, habit, custom, law, etc.; logical or moral conditions making certain actions inevitable or obligatory
  2. Something necessary:
  3. Something that cannot be done without; necessary thing
A favorable or appropriate time or juncture:
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  1. A favorable or appropriate time or juncture:
  2. A fact, event, or state of affairs that makes something else possible
  3. A cause or reason
A declaration made to explain or justify action, decision, or conviction:
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  1. A declaration made to explain or justify action, decision, or conviction:
  2. A normal mental state; sanity:
  3. A fact or cause that explains why something exists or has occurred:
A purpose or cause:
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  1. A purpose or cause:
  2. The reason; cause
The reason, cause, motive, purpose, etc.
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  1. The reason, cause, motive, purpose, etc.
  2. A difficult problem or question.
  3. The cause or intention underlying a given action or situation:
Any of the separate military expeditions undertaken as part of the Crusades
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  1. Any of the separate military expeditions undertaken as part of the Crusades
  2. A holy war undertaken with papal sanction.
  3. A concerted effort or vigorous movement for a cause or against an abuse:
The most important or exciting work or activity in a specific field or area:
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  1. The most important or exciting work or activity in a specific field or area:
  2. Any behavior, conduct, or series of acts by a person.
  3. Organized activity to accomplish an objective:
An example, instance, or occurrence
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  1. An example, instance, or occurrence
  2. (Law) An action or a suit or just grounds for an action.
  3. An instance or occurrence of a particular kind or category:
A step in a process or series of events:
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  1. A step in a process or series of events:
  2. A suggestion or request:
  3. An example; case; illustration
  1. Suit
  2. A litigation or action brought in a court. See also suit. A litigation or action brought in a court. See also suit.
  3. (Law) In civil law, a case where two or more people disagree and one or more of the parties take the case to a court for resolution.
Any proceeding brought by one or more parties against another one or more parties in a court of law. See also action and litigation. Any proceeding brought by one or more parties against another one or more parties in a court of law. See also action and litigation.
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  1. Any proceeding brought by one or more parties against another one or more parties in a court of law. See also action and litigation. Any proceeding brought by one or more parties against another one or more parties in a court of law. See also action and litigation.
  2. A group of things used together; a set or collection:
  3. The act or an instance of courting a woman; courtship:
To lead or force into a specified state, situation, or location:
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  1. To lead or force into a specified state, situation, or location:
  2. To carry, convey, lead, or cause to go along to another place:
  3. To get the attention of; attract:
To cause to take place.
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  1. To cause to take place.
  2. To accomplish, achieve.
To bring about; produce as a result; cause; accomplish
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  1. To bring about; produce as a result; cause; accomplish
  2. To bring about; make happen; cause or accomplish:
To bring about; effect.
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  1. To bring about; effect.
To bring into being; cause to be
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  1. To bring into being; cause to be
  2. (Computers) To produce (a program) by instructing a computer to follow given parameters with a skeleton program.
  3. To bring into being; give rise to:
(Physics) To bring about (an electric or magnetic effect) in a body by exposing it to the influence or variation of a field of force
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  1. (Physics) To bring about (an electric or magnetic effect) in a body by exposing it to the influence or variation of a field of force
  2. To bring on; bring about; cause; effect
  3. To bring about or stimulate the occurrence of something, such as labor.
To produce or create within; engender
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  1. To produce or create within; engender
To rise or accumulate:
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  1. To rise or accumulate:
  2. To achieve, produce, or attain:
  3. To draw up and execute in a suitable form:
To be the occasion of; give occasion to; cause
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  1. To be the occasion of; give occasion to; cause
To get hold or possession of; obtain; acquire
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  1. To get hold or possession of; obtain; acquire
  2. To make sure or certain; guarantee; ensure, as with a pledge
  3. To make firm, fast, tight, etc.
To move or pass (an implement) through a liquid in order to mix or cool the contents:
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  1. To move or pass (an implement) through a liquid in order to mix or cool the contents:
  2. To begin to show signs of activity; begin to come to life
  3. To mix together the ingredients of (a liquid, for example) before cooking or use by moving an implement:
To fire or explode (a weapon or an explosive charge).
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  1. To fire or explode (a weapon or an explosive charge).
  2. To induce a powerful emotional reaction in, especially by evoking memories of past trauma.
  3. To initiate (an action); set off

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
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