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.

References in classic literature ?
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.
Confirming the story on Thursday night , the State Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amarizu, said that the police have begun full investigation into the incident with a view to unearthing the remote and immediate cause of the murder.
An official of Chitral police said that the immediate cause of the suicide could not be ascertained, adding the police had started investigations to know the real cause.
Escudero said a heart attack may be the immediate cause of death, 'but the question is why did he get a cardiac arrest; in this case the likely proximate cause is the beating or hazing.
The investigation of the fire that collapsed Tehran's Plasco Building in January has concluded that the immediate cause of the fire was the use of unauthorized heaters by workmen on the 10th story as well as electrical wiring that was below the building code standards.

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