but-for cause

Definition of "but-for cause"
  1. A reason or factor without which an event or situation would not have occurred
How to use "but-for cause" in a sentence
  1. The accident wouldn't have happened but-for cause of the driver's negligence.
  2. In the trial, the but-for cause of the plaintiff's injury was identified as the defendant's failure to meet safety standards.
  3. The prosecution argued that the criminal act was the but-for cause of the victim's loss.

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