causative causative  /ˈkɑ zə tɪv/


  • (adj) producing an effect


  1. The causative organism has not yet been recognized.
  2. But, because an epidemic's end-cases are usually mild, some investigators think the causative virus may grow weak, need a year or two to regain virulence.
  3. The causative germ could not be seen, although cultures were grown from the secretions of 40 patients.


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  1. "Regardless of what might be the causative agent, the vehicle that delivered the problem into our supply chain was the wheat gluten," Henderson told a news conference Friday. "The fact that we now have that comfort allows us to stand up and...
    on Mar 30, 2007 By: Paul Henderson Source:

  2. That expert, the Thomas More Society said, "critiqued the coroner's botched findings and found that A Gyn Diagnostics' unlicensed staff did play a causative role in the infant's death."
    on Oct 13, 2008 By: Thomas More Source: WorldNetDaily

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