efficient cause

See under cause (def. 8b).

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Efficient cause — Cause Cause (k[add]z), n. [F. cause, fr. L. causa. Cf. {Cause}, v., {Kickshaw}.] 1. That which produces or effects a result; that from which anything proceeds, and without which it would not exist. [1913 Webster] Cause is substance exerting its… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • efficient cause — That which actually precipitates an accident or injury. Dictionary from West s Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005. efficient cause That which actually precipitates an accident or injury …   Law dictionary

  • efficient cause — The working cause; that cause which produces effects or results. An intervening cause, which produces results which would not have come to pass except for its interposition, and for which, therefore, the person who set in motion the original… …   Black's law dictionary

  • efficient cause — noun : the immediate agent in the production of an effect I have a free morning, and this is the efficient cause of the chance for talk with you H.J.Laski …   Useful english dictionary

  • efficient cause — The primary responsible cause of a legal liability, even though, being first of a chain of events leading to the infliction of injury, it is most remote in point of time of any event preceding the injury and connected therewith. Stacy v Williams …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • efficient cause — See causes …   Philosophy dictionary

  • efficient cause — noun Philosophy an agent that brings a thing into being or initiates a change …   English new terms dictionary

  • intervening efficient cause — See efficient intervening cause …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • sole efficient cause — The proximate cause of an accident. 7 Am J2d Auto § 376 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Cause — • Cause, as the correlative of effect, is understood as being that which in any way gives existence to, or contributes towards the existence of, any thing; which produces a result; to which the origin of any thing is to be ascribed Catholic… …   Catholic encyclopedia

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