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 for Final cause
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cause \Cause\ (k[add]z), n. [F. cause, fr. L. causa. Cf.
     Cause, v., Kickshaw.]
     1. That which produces or effects a result; that from which
        anything proceeds, and without which it would not exist.
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              Cause is substance exerting its power into act, to
              make one thing begin to be.           --Locke.
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     2. That which is the occasion of an action or state; ground;
        reason; motive; as, cause for rejoicing.
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     3. Sake; interest; advantage. [Obs.]
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              I did it not for his cause.           --2 Cor. vii.
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     4. (Law) A suit or action in court; any legal process by
        which a party endeavors to obtain his claim, or what he
        regards as his right; case; ground of action.
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     5. Any subject of discussion or debate; matter; question;
        affair in general.
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              What counsel give you in this weighty cause! --Shak.
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     6. The side of a question, which is espoused, advocated, and
        upheld by a person or party; a principle which is
        advocated; that which a person or party seeks to attain.
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              God befriend us, as our cause is just. --Shak.
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              The part they take against me is from zeal to the
              cause.                                --Burke.
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     Efficient cause, the agent or force that produces a change
        or result.
     Final cause, the end, design, or object, for which anything
        is done.
     Formal cause, the elements of a conception which make the
        conception or the thing conceived to be what it is; or the
        idea viewed as a formative principle and cooperating with
        the matter.
     Material cause, that of which anything is made.
     Proximate cause. See under Proximate.
     To make common cause with, to join with in purposes and
        aims. --Macaulay.
     Syn: Origin; source; mainspring; motive; reason; incitement;
          inducement; purpose; object; suit; action.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Final \Fi"nal\ (f[imac]"nal), a. [F., fr. L. finalis, fr. finis
     boundary, limit, end. See Finish.]
     1. Pertaining to the end or conclusion; last; terminating;
        ultimate; as, the final day of a school term.
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              Yet despair not of his final pardon.  --Milton.
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     2. Conclusive; decisive; as, a final judgment; the battle of
        Waterloo brought the contest to a final issue.
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     3. Respecting an end or object to be gained; respecting the
        purpose or ultimate end in view.
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     Final cause. See under Cause.
     Syn: Final, Conclusive, Ultimate.
     Usage: Final is now appropriated to that which brings with it
            an end; as, a final adjustment; the final judgment,
            etc. Conclusive implies the closing of all discussion,
            negotiation, etc.; as, a conclusive argument or fact;
            a conclusive arrangement. In using ultimate, we have
            always reference to something earlier or proceeding;
            as when we say, a temporary reverse may lead to an
            ultimate triumph. The statements which a man finally
            makes at the close of a negotiation are usually
            conclusive as to his ultimate intentions and designs.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  final cause
      n 1: (philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process

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