EFFECT, N. The Second Of Two Phenomena Which Always Occur Together In The Same Order.

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EFFECT, n. The second of two phenomena which always occur together in
the same order. The first, called a Cause, is said to generate the
other -- which is no more sensible than it would be for one who has
never seen a dog except in the pursuit of a rabbit to declare the
rabbit the cause of a dog.
-- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"