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root cause

This page is about the collocation root cause

collocation pattern: noun + noun

Meaning

the main or fundamental cause of something

For example

  • The root cause of most of the world's problems is greed.

  • Wasn't financial sector deregulation the root cause of the global financial crisis?

Quick Quiz

A problem's root cause is

a. the first thing it caused

b. the worst thing it caused

c. its basic, underlying cause

Contributor: Matt Errey