first-cause argument: Meaning and Definition of

first'-cause' ar"gument

Pronunciation: (fûrst'kôz'), [key]
— Philos. Philos.
  1. an argument for the existence of God, asserting the necessity of an uncaused cause of all subsequent series of causes, on the assumption that an infinite regress is impossible. Cf. cosmological argument.
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