final cause

fi·nal cause
F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fahyn-l kawz]
    • /ˈfaɪn l kɔz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fahyn-l kawz]
    • /ˈfaɪn l kɔz/

Definitions of final cause words

  • noun final cause a person or thing that acts, happens, or exists in such a way that some specific thing happens as a result; the producer of an effect: You have been the cause of much anxiety. What was the cause of the accident? 1
  • noun final cause the reason or motive for some human action: The good news was a cause for rejoicing. 1
  • noun final cause good or sufficient reason: to complain without cause; to be dismissed for cause. 1
  • noun final cause Law. a ground of legal action; the matter over which a person goes to law. a case for judicial decision. 1
  • noun final cause any subject of discussion or debate. 1
  • noun final cause a principle, ideal, goal, or movement to which a person or group is dedicated: the Socialist cause; the human rights cause. 1

Information block about the term

Origin of final cause

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
First recorded in 1350-1400

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Final cause


final cause popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 6% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

final cause usage trend in Literature

This diagram is provided by Google Ngram Viewer

Synonyms for final cause

noun final cause

  • purpose — the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
  • motive — something that causes a person to act in a certain way, do a certain thing, etc.; incentive.
  • aim — If you aim for something or aim to do something, you plan or hope to achieve it.
  • score — the record of points or strokes made by the competitors in a game or match.
  • principle — an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct: a person of good moral principles.

Antonyms for final cause

noun final cause

  • commencement — The commencement of something is its beginning.
  • detriment — If something happens to the detriment of something or to a person's detriment, it causes harm or damage to them.
  • disadvantage — absence or deprivation of advantage or equality.
  • beginning — The beginning of an event or process is the first part of it.
  • origin — something from which anything arises or is derived; source; fountainhead: to follow a stream to its origin.

See also

Matching words

Was this page helpful?
Yes No
Thank you for your feedback! Tell your friends about this page
Tell us why?