final cause

  • 1 Final cause — Final Fi nal (f[imac] nal), a. [F., fr. L. finalis, fr. finis boundary, limit, end. See {Finish}.] 1. Pertaining to the end or conclusion; last; terminating; ultimate; as, the final day of a school term. [1913 Webster] Yet despair not of his… …

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  • 2 Final 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… …

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  • 3 final cause — index object, purpose Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4 final cause — Aristotelianism. See under cause (def. 8b). [1350 1400] * * * …

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  • 5 final cause — See causes …

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  • 6 FINAL CAUSE —    the end REASON for a process, as the purpose which GOD had in mind in CREATING the UNIVERSE …

    Concise dictionary of Religion

  • 7 final cause — noun Philosophy the purpose of an action or the end towards which a thing naturally develops …

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  • 8 final cause — End, aim, object, purpose, design, intent, intention …

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  • 9 final cause — noun (philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process • Topics: ↑philosophy • Hypernyms: ↑purpose, ↑intent, ↑intention, ↑aim, ↑design …

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  • 10 final causation — final cause …

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  • 11 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… …

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  • 12 cause — cause, causal explanation In non specialist contexts, to ask for the cause of some particular happening is to ask what made it happen, or brought it about. To give a causal explanation is to answer such questions, usually by specifying some prior …

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  • 13 Final — Fi nal (f[imac] nal), a. [F., fr. L. finalis, fr. finis boundary, limit, end. See {Finish}.] 1. Pertaining to the end or conclusion; last; terminating; ultimate; as, the final day of a school term. [1913 Webster] Yet despair not of his final… …

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  • 14 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 power into… …

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  • 15 final — [fī′nəl] adj. [ME < OFr < L finalis < finis, end: see FINISH] 1. of or coming at the end; last; concluding [the final chapter] 2. leaving no further chance for action, discussion, or change; deciding; conclusive [a final decree] 3.… …

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  • 16 Final case — is used for marking final cause ( for a house ). Semitic languages had that case, but all of them lost it [Egon K. Keck, Frede Løkkegaard, Svend Søndergaard, Ellen Wulff, Living Waters: Scandinavian orientalistic studies presented to Frede… …

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  • 17 Cause — (Roget s Thesaurus) >Constant antecedent. < N PARAG:Cause >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 cause cause origin source principle element Sgm: N 1 occasioner occasioner prime mover primum mobile Sgm: N 1 vera causa vera causa …

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  • 18 cause — causable, adj. causability, n. causeless, adj. causelessly, adv. causelessness, n. causer, n. /kawz/, n., v., caused, causing. n. 1. a person or thing that acts, happens, or exists in such a way that some specific thing happens as a result; the… …

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  • 19 final — adj. & n. adj. 1 situated at the end, coming last. 2 conclusive, decisive, unalterable, putting an end to doubt. 3 concerned with the purpose or end aimed at. n. 1 the last or deciding heat or game in sports or in a competition (Cup Final). 2 the …

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  • 20 cause — I. n. 1. Origin, original, source, spring, mainspring, efficient cause. 2. Ground, reason, motive, consideration, account, inducement, incentive, incitement. 3. Purpose, object, aim, end, final cause. 4. Undertaking, enterprise, attempt. 5.… …

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