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causal (adj) related to, being, or expressing, a cause; relating to cause and effect (of relationship).

A causal relationship is one thing being the cause of another. For example, the transits of the earth and the moon, on the one hand, and the eclipses of the sun and the moon on the other, have a causal relationship. That is, eclipses are caused by the transits of the earth and the moon, or, the transits of the earth and the moon are the cause of the eclipses. 'A person's family background is causal to the development of their personality.' This means that the personality of a person is to a great extent influenced by their family background.

  • Psychologists assert that childhood experiences are causal to a person's behavior and attitudes to society and life.
  • Not every happening in this world can be explained by causal relationships, as a good number of things are beyond logic and human reasoning.
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