[Constant antecedent] Cause.

[Antonyms: effect.]

[Nouns] cause, origin, source, principle, element; occasioner, prime mover, primum mobile; vera causa; author (producer) [more]; mainspring; agent; leaven; groundwork, foundation (support) [more].

spring, fountain, well, font; fountainhead, spring head, wellhead; fons et origo, genesis; descent (paternity) [more]; remote cause; influence.

pivot, hinge, turning point, lever, crux, fulcrum; key; proximate cause, causa causans; straw that breaks the camel's back.

ground; reason, reason why; why and wherefore, rationale, occasion, derivation; final cause (intention) [more]; les dessous des cartes; undercurrents.

rudiment; egg, germ, embryo, bud, root, radix, radical, etymon, nucleus, seed, stem, stock, stirps, trunk, tap-root, gemmule, radicle, semen, sperm.

nest, cradle, nursery, womb, nidus, birthplace, hotbed.

causality, causation; origination; production [more].

[Verbs] be the cause of; originate; give origin to, give rise to, give occasion to; cause, occasion, sow the seeds of, kindle, suscitate; bring on, bring to bring pass, bring about; produce; create [more]; set up, set afloat, set on foot; found, broach, institute, lay the foundation of; lie at the root of.

procure, induce, draw down, open the door to, superinduce, evoke, entail, operate; elicit, provoke.

conduce to (tend to) [more]; contribute; have a hand in the pie, have a finger in the pie; determine, decide, turn the scale; have a common origin; derive its origin (effect) [more].

[Adjectives] caused; causal, original; primary, primitive, primordial; aboriginal; protogenal; radical; embryonic, embryotic; in embryo, in ovo; seminal, germinal; at the bottom of; connate, having a common origin.

[Adverbs] because [more]; behind the scenes.

[Phrases] causa latet vis est notissima [Ovid]; felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas [Vergil. "Happy is he who has been able to learn the causes of things" (Latin)].

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