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.
For some time she was amused, without thinking beyond the immediate cause; but as she came to understand the family better, other feelings arose.
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.
"But he is stable and his condition is not giving any immediate cause for concern." She added: "He is being closely monitored."
Flaws in the software used to operate sophisticated switches for routing telephone calls and providing other telephone services were the immediate cause of a string of failures that plagued several local telephone companies in late June and early July (SN: 7/6/91, p.7).
The immediate cause of the war was Great Britain's refusal to withdraw troops stationed in Transvaal.

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