legal cause
legal cause see cause 1

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

legal cause
n.
The conduct or event that directly causes an injury; proximate cause.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


legal cause
A cause that produces a direct effect, and without which the effect would not have occurred. (See also: direct and proximate cause)
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


legal cause
In the law of torts (See tort law), conduct that is a substantial factor in bringing about harm, which is synonymous with proximate cause.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


legal cause
In the law of torts, conduct that is a substantial factor in bringing about harm, which is synonymous with proximate cause.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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