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CAUSE Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

That which produces an effect; whatever moves, impels, or leads. The origin or foundation of a tiling, as of a suit or action; a ground of action. Corning v. Mc- Cullough, 1 N. Y. 47, 49 Am. Dec. 287; State v. Dougherty, 4 Or. 203. The consideration of a contract,- that is, the inducement to it, or motive of the contracting party for entering into it, is, in the ?ivil and Scotch law, called the “cause.” The civilians use the term “cause,” in relation to obligations, in the same sense as the word “consideration” is used in the jurisprudence of England and the United States. It means the motive, the inducement to the agreement,


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