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It was for ever fighting someone, somewhere, for causes which did not interest the subjects at all.

Besides its trade and its armorers, other causes had combined to pour wealth into it.

It is this oil that causes bananas to disagree with some persons.

The power that causes all natural phenomena not known to be caused by something else.

All these causes of bad butter are inexcusable, and can easily be avoided.

The case is the same with the probability of causes, as with that of chance.

All causes are not conjoined to their usual effects with like uniformity.

But it is pretended that some causes are necessary, some not necessary.

You allow, that this is an argument drawn from effects to causes.

But we have other causes of complaint against this extraordinary newspaper.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "produce an effect," also "impel, compel," from Old French causer "to cause" (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin causare, from Latin causa "a cause; a reason; interest; judicial process, lawsuit," of unknown origin. Related: Caused; causing. Classical Latin causari meant "to plead, to debate a question."

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