caus·a·tive /'kȯ-zə-tiv/ adj
1: effective or operating as a cause
the causative negligent act
2: causal (2)
the causative link between stress and coronary artery diseaseNational Law Journal

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective beginning, causal, caused, constitutive, constructive, creative, determinant, directive, dominant, formative, generative, impelling, inceptive, induced, inducing, inductive, influential, inspired, institutive, original, originative, pivotal, predominant, primary, procreative, productive, responsible, stimulating II index causal, constructive (creative), productive

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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  • causative — early 15c., from Fr. causatif, from L. causativus, from causa (see CAUSE (Cf. cause)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • causative — causatively, adv. causativeness, causativity, n. /kaw zeuh tiv/, adj. 1. acting as a cause; producing (often fol. by of): a causative agency; an event causative of war. 2. Gram. noting causation. The causative form of to fall is to fell. Gothic… …   Universalium

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