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Basic point

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I believe the answer is:

gist

'basic point' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

This is the entire clue.

(Other definitions for gist that I've seen before include "Essential idea" , "Substance or general idea" , "Real point or substance" , "Pith, essence" , "Key point" .)

I've seen this clue in The New York Times.
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