Definition of basis in English:

basis

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Pronunciation: /ˈbeɪsɪs
 
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noun (plural bases /-siːz/)

  • 1The underlying support or foundation for an idea, argument, or process: trust is the only basis for a good working relationship
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 [with adjective] The system or principles according to which an activity or process is carried on: she needed coaching on a regular basis
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    starting point, base, point of departure, beginning, premise; fundamental point/principle, principal constituent, main ingredient, cornerstone, core, heart, thrust, essence, kernel, nub, underpinning, groundworkfooting, condition, status, position; arrangement, system, method, procedure, way
  • 1.2The justification for or reasoning behind something: on the basis of these statistics important decisions are made
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    foundation, support, base, footing; reasoning, rationale, defence; reason, grounds, justification, rationalization, motive, motivation, cause

Origin

late 16th century (denoting a base or pedestal): via Latin from Greek, 'stepping'. Compare with base1.

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