Use the noun causation to talk about the process of causing something to happen. If you try to sue your brother for your bike accident, you’ll have to prove causation.

It’s easy to remember what causation means if you break it apart. Most of the word cause is in there, plus -ation, which you might recognize as a noun suffix that describes an action or process. So causation is the action of causing something. It’s a formal word, and you’ll often hear it come up in legal or scientific contexts. If you become a research biologist, you might do experiments to determine causation of a particular kind of cancer.

Definitions of causation
  1. noun

    the act of causing something to happen

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    the act of causing something to go (especially messages)
    induction, initiation, trigger

    an act that sets in motion some course of events
    coercion, compulsion

    using force to cause something to occur

    causing something without any direct or apparent effort
    inducement, inducing

    act of bringing about a desired result
    transmission, transmittal, transmitting

    the act of sending a message; causing a message to be transmitted
    fomentation, instigation

    deliberate and intentional triggering (of trouble or discord)

    stimulating influence among diverse elements

    the act of subjecting someone to an influencing experience
    encroachment, impact, impingement

    influencing strongly
    manipulation, use

    exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one’s own advantage
    hypnotism, mesmerism, suggestion

    the act of inducing hypnosis

    inducement (as of a public official) by improper means (as bribery) to violate duty (as by commiting a felony)
    enticement, temptation

    the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire
    constructive eviction, eviction

    action by a landlord that compels a tenant to leave the premises (as by rendering the premises unfit for occupancy); no physical expulsion or legal process is involved
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    act, deed, human action, human activity

    something that people do or cause to happen

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