n. the physical, if not the most immediate, means of bringing about the desired effect. For instance, other than using lock-and-key, it is turning the doorknob which opens the door. Although discovering this mechanism does not resolve causation, it does arrive at the non-mechanical intention of leaving the room (the result or effect). See proximate cause. Also mechanical causality.

CAUSAL MECHANISM: "The basic principle of causal mechanism emphasizes on the proximate, most immediate thing to do in order to accomplish a result or effect. "
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