the crux


: the most important part of something (such as a problem, issue, puzzle, etc.)
usually + of
The crux of the matter is that people are afraid of change.
It's taken a while to get to the crux of the problem, but I think I finally understand it.

Examples of the crux in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trump’s scheme to set aside legitimate electoral ballots in favor of fraudulent ones concocted by co-conspirators in some states is the crux of the case against him. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 2 July 2024 And yet this tension is the crux of the soft-power argument: How people feel about other places matters, because these opinions shape reality. Chelsea Leu, The Atlantic, 30 June 2024 While financial support to nations at war forms a chunk of the increase between the February 2024 projection and this month’s, other obligations form the crux of America’s tab. Byeleanor Pringle, Fortune, 21 June 2024 However, the crux of the Supreme Court case was more specific FDA regulations that allowed mifepristone to be prescribed via a telehealth appointment, and polling shows this may be more controversial. Nathaniel Rakich, ABC News, 14 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for the crux 

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“The crux.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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