If I step in a bear trap and get caught, I triggered the trap by stepping in it. The trap being set made it something that could be triggered. Both the trap and my stepping in it are causes of me getting caught. What word complements "trigger" to describe the kind of cause that is setting the trap?
If I lose money on a horse race, my horse coming in 2nd is one cause of my loss. Having placed a bet on the race is another cause. I only lost money because of both of these causes combined.
The horse losing the race is the trigger. What word complements "trigger" to describe the kind of cause that is having placed the bet?
Sample sentence: When looking into an incident, the trigger is often clear, but the more important cause is usually the __________.
I'm especially looking to use this term in the world of business and technology. Examples I'd like to describe:
- I lost my data because my hard drive failed and I kept only a single copy of my data. The hard drive failure was the trigger. Keeping only a single copy was the other kind of cause.
- An employee left the company because they found a good offer and because they were dissatisfied with their working conditions.
- The company defaulted on the contract because they delivered in six months but had promised to deliver in three.
- The computer was infected because the user opened a phishing attachment and the computer's anti-virus had been disabled.
I feel like there has to be a technical term for this from medicine or engineering even if there isn't one in common parlance, but my Google abilities are failing me.
Engineering example: The building collapse was triggered by the high winds striking the corner of the building, where the dampeners had only been designed for head-on winds.
Medical example: The bee sting triggered the patient's allergy.
What kind of cause are the design failure and allergy?