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    root of a problem

    Is there a single word that encapsulates the idiomatic expression "root of a problem"?

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    Re: root of a problem

    Quote Originally Posted by allbackyard01 View Post
    Is there a single word that encapsulates the idiomatic expression "root of a problem"?
    'cause'. But you'd still have to understand that you were talking about a problem.
    Why do you need a single word?

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    Re: root of a problem

    I think of words like "nub", "crux" etc that can refer to the core or essence of a problem but not necessarily it's cause and, as Raymott says, you need to add that you are talking about a problem. I can't think of a single-word answer. Maybe that's why it's such a handy phrase.

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