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 for Material cause
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Material \Ma*te"ri*al\, a. [L. materialis, fr. materia stuff,
     matter: cf. F. mat['e]riel. See Matter, and cf.
     Mat['e]riel.]
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     1. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical;
        as, material substance or bodies.
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              The material elements of the universe. --Whewell.
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     2. Hence: Pertaining to, or affecting, the physical nature of
        man, as distinguished from the mental or moral nature;
        relating to the bodily wants, interests, and comforts; as,
        material well-being; material comforts.
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     3. Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of
        consequence; not be dispensed with; important;
        significant.
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              Discourse, which was always material, never
              trifling.                             --Evelyn.
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              I shall, in the account of simple ideas, set down
              only such as are most material to our present
              purpose.                              --Locke.
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     4. (Logic.) Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form,
        of a thing. See Matter.
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     Material cause. See under Cause.
  
     Material evidence (Law), evidence which conduces to the
        proof or disproof of a relevant hypothesis. --Wharton.
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     Syn: Corporeal; bodily; important; weighty; momentous;
          essential.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cause \Cause\ (k[add]z), n. [F. cause, fr. L. causa. Cf.
     Cause, v., Kickshaw.]
     1. That which produces or effects a result; that from which
        anything proceeds, and without which it would not exist.
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              Cause is substance exerting its power into act, to
              make one thing begin to be.           --Locke.
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     2. That which is the occasion of an action or state; ground;
        reason; motive; as, cause for rejoicing.
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     3. Sake; interest; advantage. [Obs.]
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              I did it not for his cause.           --2 Cor. vii.
                                                    12.
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     4. (Law) A suit or action in court; any legal process by
        which a party endeavors to obtain his claim, or what he
        regards as his right; case; ground of action.
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     5. Any subject of discussion or debate; matter; question;
        affair in general.
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              What counsel give you in this weighty cause! --Shak.
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     6. The side of a question, which is espoused, advocated, and
        upheld by a person or party; a principle which is
        advocated; that which a person or party seeks to attain.
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              God befriend us, as our cause is just. --Shak.
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              The part they take against me is from zeal to the
              cause.                                --Burke.
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     Efficient cause, the agent or force that produces a change
        or result.
  
     Final cause, the end, design, or object, for which anything
        is done.
  
     Formal 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 cooperating with
        the matter.
  
     Material cause, that of which anything is made.
  
     Proximate cause. See under Proximate.
  
     To make common cause with, to join with in purposes and
        aims. --Macaulay.
  
     Syn: Origin; source; mainspring; motive; reason; incitement;
          inducement; purpose; object; suit; action.
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