CAUSE By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 1. An event that brings about another event. 2. Aristotle. An event needed to bring about another event. There are 4 types of cause, material, formal, efficient and final. CAUSE: "The heavy rain was the cause of the flood." Related Psychology Terms CAUSE DOCTRINE OF CAUSES EFFICIENT CAUSE ARISTOTELIAN CAUSATION SELF-EFFICACY SENSUS COMMUNIS RELATIVE FREQUENCY MEANS OBJECT CARGO CULT I Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "CAUSE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/cause-2/ (accessed July 7, 2020).