Meaning of causality in English:


Pronunciation /kɔːˈzalɪti/

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mass noun
  • 1The relationship between cause and effect.

    ‘To deny causality is to deny divine wisdom, for causality is a necessary relation.’
    • ‘I also point out the difference between causality and correlation.’
    • ‘Note, however, that such a correlation does not indicate which is the relation of causality between the two variables.’
    • ‘Certain male commenters on feminist blogs like to imply that we just don't get the distinction between correlation and causality.’
    • ‘Differential equations describe the relationship of causality.’
    • ‘All human beings live out their lives in a universe of order and disorder, causality and contingency, regularity and chance.’
    • ‘The subject of labour relations causality is a fascinating field of study for persons interested in the complexities of modern societal phenomena.’
    • ‘Because other primates do not understand intentionality or causality they do not engage in cultural learning of this type.’
    • ‘The second key point about social interaction capacity takes the form of a question about causality and connectivity.’
    • ‘The experimental framework is grounded in varying conditions and in using different treatments to assess causality.’
    • ‘To illustrate this point, he looks first in his essay at how the modern understanding of causality differs from that of the ancients.’
    • ‘Superstition is merely the confusion of correlation and causality.’
    • ‘The ongoing debate boils down to a question of correlation versus causality.’
    • ‘Doesn't this seem to you to be a classic instance of correlation being confused with causality?’
    • ‘We have no evidence that treatment options must correspond with theories of causality.’
    • ‘The trial narrative also tries to give an appearance of causality, significance, order, and closure.’
    • ‘However, it should be noted that these data are correlational, thus causality cannot be assumed.’
    • ‘The removal experiment confirmed the causality in this relationship between female presence and hatching success.’
    • ‘But is the link between knowledge and economic structure really one of causality?’
    • ‘The design of this study was descriptive, and a descriptive study cannot produce valid interpretations of causality.’
  • 2The principle that everything has a cause.

    ‘Another reason for Russell's reversion to realism was his recognition that the notion of causality is problematic for phenomenalism.’
    • ‘It is not surprising that much of the argument of the Analytic concerns the ideas of substance and causality, as Kant wished us to understand them.’
    • ‘Another of his interests was natural philosophy, in particular he was interested in determinism and chance, causality and indeterminacy.’
    • ‘This being said, we can begin with Hume's actual description of causality.’
    • ‘A brief footnote in one of Leslie's writings endorses what purports to be Hume's view of causality.’
    • ‘Such interconnection is traditionally asserted in the principle of causality or natural law.’
    • ‘Furthermore, belief in an eternal universe breaks the principle of causality.’
    • ‘The concept of causality is constitutive of objective empirical knowledge; the concept of purpose is not.’
    • ‘Constructivists, as a rule, cannot subscribe to positivist conceptions of causality.’
    • ‘How is the causality of the natural world reconcilable with what Kant calls ‘the causality of freedom’?’
    • ‘Some commentators, most notably Winkler, suppose that Berkeley retains this view of causality in the published works.’
    • ‘It underlies certain intuitions that we have about causality, morality, and personal identity.’
    • ‘But if limits of the right sort persist, I see no reason that explanatory theories invoking the concept of agent causality should not be adopted.’
    • ‘I suspect that the universe is deterministic and based upon a set of first principles that are probably not comprehensible to any sort of being that is bound to causality.’
    • ‘Rather it is the social milieu of the physicists of the Weimar period with its Spenglerian hostility to science and causality that is the cause of their beliefs.’
    • ‘One has to remember that causality as such is an everyday notion that has no natural application in physics.’
    • ‘Eliot's use of liability both binds a social group through a common concern about producing harm and yokes causality to morality.’
    • ‘One of the most modern conceptions of causality is the so-called probabilistic one.’


Late 15th century from French causalité or medieval Latin causalitas, from Latin causa ‘cause’.