aetiologia aetiologia
 ae-ti-o-log'-i-a from Gk. aitia, "a cause" and logos, "a description"
Also sp. etiologia
apodeixis; redditio causae, ratiocinatio
etiology, the reason rend, the tell cause,
cause shown

A figure of reasoning by which one attributes a cause for a statement or claim made, often as a simple relative clause of explanation.

I mistrust not the judges, for they are just.

So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. —Romans 1:15-16

Related Figures
  Figures of Reasoning:
See Also
  Sources: Ad Herennium 4.16.23-24 ("ratiocinatio"); Peacham (1577) S4r; Putt. (1589) 236 ("etiologia," "the reason rend," "the tell cause"); Day 1599 95 ("etiologia")

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