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proximate cause

Some think the term "proximate cause" should be replaced with "scope of liability".
  an event which, in an unbroken sequence, results in a main event; e.g., wind is the proximate cause of water damage when the wind blows out a window that lets rain come in to create the damage
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  • Some think the term "proximate cause" should be replaced with "scope of liability".
  • He was the proximate cause of her injury, but she hadn’t died.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • In poor countries, tb was the most common proximate cause of death among people who died with aids.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • In due time the bereaved Farfrae had learnt the, at least, proximate cause of Lucetta’s illness and death, and his first impulse was naturally enough to wreak vengeance in the name of the law upon the perpetrators of the mischief.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge

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  • This was the proximate cause, I suppose, of my dreaming about him, for what appeared to me to be half the night; and dreaming, among other things, that he had launched Mr. Peggotty’s house on a piratical expedition, with a black flag at the masthead, bearing the inscription ’Tidd’s Practice’, under which diabolical ensign he was carrying me and little Em’ly to the Spanish Main, to be drowned.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • =I know only that she had spoken with David at some earlier time, that she had construed his words of coming retribution and his mention of the control helmet he was constructing as indicating that his intentions were to become the agent of that retribution, with myself as the proximate cause.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
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Associated words [difficulty]:   proximate cause , bar [1] , Chapter 11 bankruptcy [3] , grand jury [5] , recuse [5] , circumstantial evidence [6] , entrapment [6] , extradition [6] , inside information [6] , subpoena [6] , conflict of interest [7] , restraining order [7] , certiorari [8] , class action [8] , power of attorney [8] , pro bono [8] , public domain [8] , tort [8] , Uniform Commercial Code [9] , bench warrant [9] , collective bargaining [9] , corpus delicti [9] , de jure [9] , demurrer [9] , deponent [9] , ex parte [9] , notary public [9] , prima facie [9] , pseudoscience [9]
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