Cause and Reason


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Cause noun – Someone or something responsible for a result.
Usage example: the much-debated causes of the American Civil War

Reason is a synonym for cause in event topic. In some cases you can use "Reason" instead a noun "Cause", when it comes to topics like basis, aim, start, foundation. popular alternative
Nearby Words: caused, causation, causeless, causative, causal
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Reason noun – Something (as a belief) that serves as the basis for another thing.
Usage example: a firm belief that we are here on earth to help others is the reason for her tireless volunteer work

Cause is a synonym for reason in intention topic. You can use "Cause" instead the word "Reason" as a noun or a verb, if it concerns topics such as event, basis, start, foundation. popular alternative
Nearby Words: reasonable, reasoning, reasoned, reasonably, reasonableness
Synonyms for Reason

How words are described

good good cause good reason
exact exact cause exact reason
particular particular cause particular reason
common common cause common reason
Other adjectives: true, valid, likely, obvious, logical, actual, entire, real, big, little, main, major, sole, possible, apparent, primary, unknown, different, biggest.

Common collocations

problem cause problem reason problem
accident cause accident reason accident
time cause time reason time
way cause way reason way
Other nouns: war.

Both words in one sentence

  • In one book, Culhwch mocks another character using the Latin phrase "cassus belli" (reason/cause for war) by saying "cow's belly".
  • Non Sequitur Josh's period of Demonic Possession and apparent vampire tendencies are played incredibly ambiguously, with no real attempt to define their cause or the reason for their resolution.
    Source: Non Sequitur
  • Visual Novel / Yarudora The cause and reason of the amnesia varies from game to game, and are a crucial plot point for each of them.
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