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Synonyms and Antonyms of kernel

  1. the central part or aspect of something under consideration <the kernel of your argument seems to be the inevitability of the division of that nation along ethnic lines> Synonyms bottom line, bull's-eye, centerpiece, core, essence, gist, heart, crux, keynote, meat, meat and potatoes, net, nub, nubbin, nucleus, pith, pivot, point, root, sumRelated Words course, direction, drift, tenor; body, content, substance; hypothesis, proposition, purport, subject, theme, thesis

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