Formal cause


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Related to Formal cause: Efficient cause
the elements of a conception which make the conception or the thing conceived to be what it is; or the idea viewed as a formative principle and coöperating with the matter.
See under Cause.

See also: Cause, Formal

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The formal cause of death was given as cold water immersion which encompasses drowning.
A hospital report from Krakow that was translated into English gave a formal cause of death as cardiac arrest and heart failure due to the traumatic head injury.
Strate addresses causality in a chapter on effects, drawing from Aristotle (formal cause).
There is its formal cause, which is its nature or essence--felinity, with all the catlike qualities and behaviors that that entails.
The formal cause of death was put as "complications of head and chest trauma following a farming accident".
The formal cause of death is expected to be established through a post mortem, likely to take place in the coming days.
The formal cause of death is expected to be established through a post-mortem examination, likely to take place in the coming days.
Even though a formal cause of sainthood has not been opened for Teilhard, the widespread respect accorded him as a spiritual teacher seems to us to justify an exception to custom being made in his case as well, for designation as a doctor.
Formal cause ("it is"): enhances "it." Material constraints ("it is not"): obsolesce "it." Efficient solution ("it is both"): retrieves "it." Final cause ("it is neither"): "it" flips into something unexpected.
The coroner's office is yet to release a formal cause of death.
His life was marked with heroic virtues, and protecting Japanese Christians against persecution, according to the formal cause of his beatification.
Durham Constabulary say a formal cause of death has not yet been established and the coroner for Cleveland has been informed.

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