Definition of "but-for"
  1. Pertaining to the essential cause, such as a neglectful action, which if absent, a specific outcome like harm wouldn't have transpired
How to use "but-for" in a sentence
  1. The court used the but-for test to determine if the defendant's negligence was the essential cause of the plaintiff's injury.
  2. If one couldn't demonstrate a but-for relationship between the breach of contract and the financial loss, the case might be dismissed.
  3. In order to establish liability, the prosecution had to show that but-for the defendant's actions, the damages would not have occurred.

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