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root cause

The most fundamental, central, or basic causal element of something. Violence in this part of town is rampant, but the root cause is really poverty and the wide distribution of narcotics. You're never going to solve your company's financial issues if you can't identify the root cause of your flagging sales.
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the ˌroot ˈcause (of something)

the main cause of something, such as a problem or difficult situation: Poverty is the root cause of most of the crime in the city.
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They discuss their root cause analysis process, the regulatory context, standards and guidelines, types of use errors, detecting them, interviewing users, the perils of blaming users, user interface design flaws that can lead to error, reporting root causes, examples, designing an error-resistant user interface, and other root cause analysis methods.
Since root causes come usually appear as the first in a series of similar events, the software is able to identify the most likely root cause from this combination of correlation and time shift.
For example, proximal root causes can be identified in the areas of policies and procedures, human resources, environment of care, information management, and communication (Williams, 2008).
Radical Medicine: Cutting-Edge Natural Therapies That Treat the Root Causes of Disease offers a very different approach to uncovering the root causes of a range of chronic diseases from Alzheimer's to heart attacks, offers natural treatments to counter the toxic results of everyday life from dental amalgams to vaccinations, and outlines a program for getting to the root causes of diseases rather than treating symptoms.
KARACHI, October 23, 2009 (Balochistan Times): Founder of Edhi Foundation Abdul Sattar Edhi staged a peace rally here Friday to demonstrate his commitment to eliminate the root causes behind the menace of terrorism.
KARACHI, October 23, 2009 (Frontier Star): Founder of "Edhi Foundation" Abdul Sattar Edhi staged a peace rally here Friday to demonstrate his commitment to eliminate the root causes behind the menace of terrorism.
If your mill's performance is lower than that, most of the analyses will simply point out that the root causes of most problems are lack of preventive maintenance and poor planning and scheduling.
On the surface, nothing could be more reasonable than to look for root causes.
I cannot impose my private faith on society" (Dalton McGuinty, Ottawa); we shouldn't deal with abortion directly but address the root causes such as poverty (Gerard Kennedy Toronto).
Our society formerly avoided breakdown because we didn't care about the root causes.
For example, data collection in actual clinical practice seldom follows the complete and carefully organized paths espoused by TQM, and the current level of technology does not permit full understanding of the root causes of many diseases.
But our new agreement with BP shows the company's willingness to work with the union to address the root causes of the explosion, not just in Texas City, but throughout the corporation.
Barsalou presents students, academics and professionals working in the service and manufacturing industries with a guidebook for using the scientific method to empirically investigate the root causes of quality failures.
The software aggregates data from various data sources including return material authorization (RMA) databases so users can quickly learn the root causes of product defects and gain other statistical knowledge about product performance trends.
and KAWASAKI, Japan -- PDF Provides Elpida with New Capabilities for Identifying, Analyzing, and Reporting on Root Causes to Improve Yield at All of Its Fabs in Japan