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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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On the security situation in the country, Ladoja said the government is not sincere in its approach to finding a lasting solution to the myriads of challenges facing the country adding that, if they are ready they will first look at the root causes of the challenges and tackle the same headlong.
"Since the war has ended, the Sri Lankan government has expressed a commitment to address the conflicts root causes and to focus on accountability, transitional justice, and reconciliation among all the communities in the country.
An MP has paid tribute to a teenager who was stabbed to death in her constituency as she urged ministers to address the root causes of knife crime.
70 will tap government agencies and the private sector to bring basic services to the countryside and address the root causes of rebellion
Offered by Bosch subsidiary, Huttlin, the aim is to evaluate existing machine data more effectively to identify and eliminate root causes.
The study started with an inductive method of determining categories of root causes of the disclosures.
This volume describes the underlying problems in health care delivery in the US, their root causes, and a solution to them that applies the principles of patient-centered care and resource management.
The tools, The Best Practices Solutions to Address On-Shelf-Availability Guide and On-Shelf-Availability Root Causes Ishikawa Diagram, were developed to help companies reduce out-of-stock levels.
Designed to be a powerful platform for IT operations information and issue resolution, SIOS iQ applies an advanced data analytics/Big Data approach to a broad range of data sets, including application and infrastructure data from third party tools and frameworks, to recognize abnormal patterns of behavior and identify root causes of performance issues.
If the West wants to reduce the possibility of further terrorist attacks, it needs to address the root causes of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Sputnik reported.
BRUSSELS, Nov 12 (KUNA) -- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker launched Thursday at the sidelines of an EU-Africa summit in Valletta, Malta, the EU's Emergency Trust Fund of 1.8 billion euro for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa.
The meeting concluded with a 10-point action plan which focuses, among others, on search and rescue, safe disembarkation, anti-trafficking, arrival reception and root causes, while stressing the need of collective efforts among related countries.
To obtain a better picture of LOC accidents and their root causes, I looked at fatal GA accidents in 2011, long enough ago that NTSB final reports are available.
February 8, 2015 (JUBA) - The alliance of South Sudan's major political parties warned that any peace agreement deal between the country's warring parties devoid of addressing root causes of the conflict would be a recipe for another war in the future.
Lean Six Sigma methods have been shown to be very effective in finding and eliminating root causes, and thus preventing arbitrary year-end reductions in inventory investment.