Definition of founding father in English:

founding father

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  • 1A person who starts or helps to start a movement or institution: he was one of the founding fathers of criminology
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    • The founding fathers of the European movement had lofty aims in seeking to avoid ever again the terrible wars that have ravaged our continent in the past.
    • Father's Day was the perfect day to pay such historic tribute to the founding fathers of the steelband movement.
    • More important, however, he never became a founding father of republican institutions in the Old World.
  • 1.1 (Founding Father) A member of the convention that drew up the constitution of the US in 1787.
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    • The creation of the presidency was the linchpin of the work of the Founding Fathers at the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
    • Some have asserted that the Founding Fathers meant for the Constitution to be understood as a Christian document of governance for a Christian nation.
    • It's hard to imagine this proposal will get enough support to be added to the Constitution - fortunately the Founding Fathers made it extremely difficult to amend.

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