basis




Basis is the underlying reason or assumption. The basis of a dictionary is that people are curious to learn the meanings of new words. You are interested, right?

Basis can also apply to a system or pattern that has been established. For example: Since your job is so exhausting, you need vacations on a regular basis. The basis of democracy is regular free elections. Not surprisingly, as its sense of something from which other things spring, basis comes from the Latin word of the same spelling meaning “foundation.”

Definitions of basis
  1. noun

    the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

    “the whole argument rested on a
    basis of conjecture”
    synonyms:
    base, cornerstone, foundation, fundament, groundwork
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    types:

    meat and potatoes

    the fundamental part
    type of:

    assumption, supposal, supposition

    a hypothesis that is taken for granted

  2. noun

    a relation that provides the foundation for something

    “he worked on an interim
    basis
    synonyms:
    footing, ground
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    types:

    common ground

    a basis agreed to by all parties for reaching a mutual understanding
    type of:

    foundation

    the basis on which something is grounded

  3. noun

    the most important or necessary part of something

    “the
    basis of this drink is orange juice”
    synonyms:
    base
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    type of:

    component, component part, constituent, part, portion

    something determined in relation to something that includes it

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