I'm trying to describe a relationship between an object and a process. Once the object crosses a certain point, a process takes place 100% of the time.

An example: whether a person jumps or is pushed off a building they fall. Gravity does not care how the person became airborne.

What is the phrase or word to describe gravity's relationship with how the person became airborne?

It doesn't care. There's no relationship. It just does.


  • I would go with "omnipresent" if referring to gravity. To be accurate though gravity is acting on you 100% of the time anyhow, no matter activity or process you're undergoing. Your question is somewhat poorly phrased. Could you ask it again in other words? – Misneac Nov 13 '15 at 21:28
  • A relationship in which a definite outcome is absolutely determined by a given output in maths is called a function or mapping (but for once, terminology isn't standard) and the relationship a functional one. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 13 '15 at 21:29
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    Are you looking for a noun, adjective, verb? Can you give an example of how you would like to use the coveted word/phrase? – anemone Nov 13 '15 at 21:37
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    It feels like the concept of determinism comes into play, but it would be helpful to see a sample sentence to get an idea of how you intend to use the word. – Nonnal Nov 13 '15 at 22:33
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    @Ben Is "causality" the term you're looking for? merriam-webster.com/dictionary/causality – Elian Nov 14 '15 at 1:18

Inexorable ("not able to be stopped or changed") could describe the relationship between an object and something that always happens to that object under certain conditions.

Or perhaps implacable ("not capable of being appeased, significantly changed, or mitigated") if the process has an associated element of consciousness, e.g. not caring.

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  • Nice answer: succinct yet complete. +1. – Sven Yargs Jan 25 '16 at 16:29

You asked "What is the phrase or word to describe gravity's relationship with how the person became airborne?"

I would say that gravity was indifferent to how the person became airborne and indiscriminately acted on him.

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