Immediate Cause

Immediate Cause

The final act in a series of provocations leading to a particular result or event, directly producing such result without the intervention of any further provocation.

For example, if an individual who was driving while intoxicated crashed his or her car and was killed, the immediate cause of death was the crash. The proximate cause, however, was the individual's state of intoxication.

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But seditions in government do not arise for little things, but from them; for their immediate cause is something of moment.
How he had written for such further information as would put the fact beyond all doubt; how it had that morning arrived; had confirmed his first impression into a certainty; and was the immediate cause of that journey being planned, which they were to take to-morrow.
You were the immediate cause of the tragedy; I only the remote one.
You said that I was the immediate cause of the tragedy, and you say that you were talking of Henrietta's--of Henrietta.
But, Nicholas and the doctor--who had been passive at first, doubting very much whether Mr Kenwigs could be in earnest--interfering to explain the immediate cause of his condition, the indignation of the matrons was changed to pity, and they implored him, with much feeling, to go quietly to bed.
The immediate cause of the decision was a somewhat sadder accident than was common, even in a career prolific in such things.
It is a happy characteristic of the Negro race, which they hold in common with little children, that their spirits seldom remain depressed for a considerable length of time after the immediate cause of depression is removed, and so it was that in half an hour Usanga's band was again beginning to take on to some extent its former appearance of carefree lightheartedness.
The immediate cause, however, of the prevalence of supernatural stories in these parts, was doubtless owing to the vicinity of Sleepy Hollow.
The immediate cause of the bankruptcy filing was the result of a substantial recent decline in customer demand.
The most immediate cause of the slump is the continuing fear of corporate profits coming to an end.
His wife, Adrienne, had also been one of Murray's patients when she died 10 years earlier in LA under mysterious circumstances, and the immediate cause of her death was given as being due to PCP intake coupled with heart disease.
The immediate cause of Mr Burgess' remarks was the rejection by a jury of the finding that Private James Collinson, 17, from Perth in Scotland, committed suicide.

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