cause (n.)
occasion, circumstance
Cor I.vi.83[Martius to Soldiers] The rest / Shall bear the business in some other fight, / As cause will be obeyed [i.e. as events dictate]
Cor II.iii.193[Sicinius to Citizens] As cause had called you up [i.e. as occasion demanded]
Cor IV.i.41[Cominius to Coriolanus] if the time thrust forth / A cause for thy repeal
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