final cause

final cause
noun Philosophy the purpose of an action or the end towards which a thing naturally develops.

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  • Final cause — Final Fi nal (f[imac] nal), a. [F., fr. L. finalis, fr. finis boundary, limit, end. See {Finish}.] 1. Pertaining to the end or conclusion; last; terminating; ultimate; as, the final day of a school term. [1913 Webster] Yet despair not of his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Final cause — 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. [1913 Webster] Cause is substance exerting its… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • final cause — index object, purpose Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • final cause — Aristotelianism. See under cause (def. 8b). [1350 1400] * * * …   Universalium

  • final cause — See causes …   Philosophy dictionary

  • FINAL CAUSE —    the end REASON for a process, as the purpose which GOD had in mind in CREATING the UNIVERSE …   Concise dictionary of Religion

  • final cause — End, aim, object, purpose, design, intent, intention …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • final cause — noun (philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process • Topics: ↑philosophy • Hypernyms: ↑purpose, ↑intent, ↑intention, ↑aim, ↑design …   Useful english dictionary

  • final causation — final cause …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Cause — • Cause, as the correlative of effect, is understood as being that which in any way gives existence to, or contributes towards the existence of, any thing; which produces a result; to which the origin of any thing is to be ascribed Catholic… …   Catholic encyclopedia

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