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But-For

but-for adj

: of or relating to the necessary cause (as a negligent act) without which a particular result (as damage) would not have occurred [a but-for test of causation] compare substantial factor



Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.