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suf·fi·cient cause

an etiologic factor that guarantees that a result in question will occur; nonoccurrence of the result is proof that the factor is not operating.
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Cold, wet, and fatigue are sufficient causes for my being found dead, but I shall die of others, though I suffer from these.
Many exquisite viands might be rejected by the epicure, if it was a sufficient cause for his contemning of them as common and vulgar, that something was to be found in the most paltry alleys under the same name.
It might be done if there were only a sufficient cause. Men sneered at vivisection, and yet look at its results today!
If only there were a sufficient cause! I must not think too much of this, or I may be tempted.
The King of England considered the building of these forts as a sufficient cause of war, which was accordingly commenced in 1754.
He said that the Emperor Alexander did not consider Kurakin's demand for his passports a sufficient cause for war; that Kurakin had acted on his own initiative and without his sovereign's assent, that the Emperor Alexander did not desire war, and had no relations with England.
If the impression were not produced by a real corresponding and sufficient cause, how came he, Jarvis Lorry, there?
"Such, sirs, is the true story of my sad adventures; judge for yourselves now whether the sighs and lamentations you heard, and the tears that flowed from my eyes, had not sufficient cause even if I had indulged in them more freely; and if you consider the nature of my misfortune you will see that consolation is idle, as there is no possible remedy for it.
Bid your band silence that dead march--or, by my word, they shall have sufficient cause for their lugubrious strains!
It is about necessary causes, not sufficient causes. Life is in fact all about necessary if not sufficient conditions--a distinction that may elude chickens but should not be lost on us humans.
Waller would have done better to argue that all actions either have sufficient causes over which the agent lacks control, or have no sufficient causes at all and thereby escape the agent's control.
Responding to queries of the media on efforts of the opposition to renew its mechanisms and alliances, he said that all the reasons given by the opposition together, such as the economic crisis, corruption or other reasons are not sufficient causes for toppling the regime.