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Synonyms for cause

  • element
  • explanation
  • matter
  • motivation
  • motive
  • origin
  • principle
  • purpose
  • root
  • source
  • account
  • agency
  • aim
  • antecedent
  • author
  • basis
  • beginning
  • causation
  • consideration
  • creator
  • determinant
  • doer
  • end
  • foundation
  • genesis
  • ground
  • grounds
  • incitement
  • inducement
  • instigation
  • leaven
  • mainspring
  • maker
  • object
  • occasion
  • producer
  • spring
  • stimulation
  • prime mover
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Antonyms for cause

  • discouragement
  • effect
  • result
  • conclusion
  • finish
  • neglect
  • thoughtlessness
  • consequence
  • development
  • fruit
  • issue
  • outcome
  • outgrowth
  • product
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CAUSE

She put her arms about her neck, and affectionately inquired the cause of her distress.

Here, perhaps, may be found the symbolic clue to the strife's cause.

He'll think he's been the cause of it, by stealing your heart from me.

The cause of freedom owes her much; the country owes her much.

The breaking of Hope's engagement to Philip was attributed to every cause but the true one.

It was then that he again came to the front to advocate a just cause.

We would do anything in our power for Sergeant Wilde and for the cause, but we cannot starve!'

And give me cause, I beseech you, to call you my compassionating friend.

For the cause of just fraternity, and the equal rights of man.

In the cause of just fraternity, and the equal rights of man!

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "reason for action, grounds for action; motive," from Old French cause "cause, reason; lawsuit, case in law" (12c.), and directly from Latin causa "a cause; a reason; interest; judicial process, lawsuit," of unknown origin.

In English, sense of "matter of concern; side taken in controversy" is from c.1300; that of "the source of an effect" is early 14c.; meaning "reason for something taking place" is late 14c. Cause célèbre "celebrated legal case" is 1763, from French. Cause why? "for what reason?" is in Chaucer.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CAUSE

account

nounbasis or consideration for action
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  • ground
  • grounds
  • interest
  • justification
  • motive
  • rationale
  • rationalization
  • reason
  • regard
  • sake
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