noun (plural bases /-sēz/)
- 1The underlying support or foundation for an idea, argument, or process: trust is the only basis for a good working relationshipMore example sentences
- He laid the basis for modern ideas of democracy and the legitimacy of majority rule.
- You will recall that in our alternative arguments we submit two bases for a finding of the true value of the asset purchased.
- They both took issue with the logical basis of the Design argument.
- 1.1The system or principles according to which an activity or process is carried on: she needed coaching on a regular basis flea markets operate on a cash-only basisMore example sentences
- They also require evidence that these checks are carried out on a regular basis by staff at the home.
- We intend to carry out similar operations on a regular basis over the coming months.
- Visit your dentist or hygienist to have your teeth scaled and polished on a regular basis.
- 1.2The justification for or reasoning behind something: on the basis of these statistics, important decisions are madeMore example sentences
- The second is that programmes can only be justified on the basis of how many people watch them.
- An order will always have to be justified on the basis of the child's welfare.
- We try to figure out what is so, reasoning on the basis of what we already know.
late 16th century (denoting a base or pedestal): via Latin from Greek, 'stepping'. Compare with base1.