Material cause

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Related to Material cause: Efficient cause
that of which anything is made.
See under Cause.

See also: Cause, Material

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The first remedy or prevention is to remove, by all means possible, that material cause of sedition whereof we spake; which is, want and poverty in the estate.
If there was a life hereafter he knew nothing of it, for he knew that science had demonstrated the existence of some material cause for every seemingly supernatural phenomenon of ancient religions and superstitions.
But way back in time it was a thinker named Thales [624- 541 BC] of Ionia [modern-day Turkey] who while trying to discover the origins of life concluded that water was the material cause of it.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) here on Friday said that Poultry industry was in crisis, over production and duties on raw material cause in price hike of poultry products.
A trial court dismissed the case, in part on the grounds that the plaintiffs had not shown that the article was a material cause of the families' failure to prevail in the suits.
In an example of a house quoted by Eric McLuhan, the bricks and wood constitute the material cause of the house; the work of the bricklayers and carpenters, the efficient cause; and the goal of a house to live in or to rent, the final cause.
of Notre Dame Law School), is "the legal profession's account of what law is about." He identifies a limited set of materials from which schools of jurisprudence draw their materials: elements of the internal account of the law, including society as the efficient cause, social control as the material cause, institutions and procedures as the formal cause, and people as the final cause; law in relation to other disciplines such as philosophy, politics, sociology and economics, history, literature, and theology; and personal, participatory, and social values.
So far, I have outlined the eight great groups into which the phenomena fall, and the generic differentiae (material cause, efficient cause and place), which, only when taken together, are adequate to distinguish them.
Or, if you will, the potential for production of that ideal result must already be inherent in the raw material from which the honors program will sculpt at least a rough likeness of it, i.e., the candidate for admission to the honors program must provide the material cause, and possibly even some conception of the formal cause, for what the program will hopefully produce.
Mr Vowles - who the WRU gave a maximum insurance payout of pounds 91,000 after the accident - had established that, on the balance of probabilities, this breach of duty was a material cause of his accident.
In his judgment, Mr Vowles had established on the balance of probabilities that this breach of duty was a material cause of his accident.
Aristotle called what he saw as the underlying causes of existence the efficient cause, the material cause, the formal cause, and the final cause.

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