stem from

Meaning(s)

1. the root of sth, the reason for sth

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stems from childhood/training/background

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The 'stem' of a plant or flower is the part of the plant leading to the root. When we say something 'stems from' something else we mean it 'comes from' it or is a result of it. You might say that a problem 'stems from' something or talk about where an idea 'stems from'. This more of a formal expression.

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  1. Marian's dislike of mathematics stems from having a bad teacher in school.
  2. His anger towards others stems from his bad childhood experiences.

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  1. The cutbacks at the firm stemmed from poor management decisions
  2. A demotivated workforce often stems from a number of company policies.

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