Definition of underpinning in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈʌndəpɪnɪŋ


  • 1A solid foundation laid below ground level to support or strengthen a building.
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    • All this will provide a solid underpinning for housing.
    • The river would create a problem of slow erosion and danger to the underpinning of other buildings in the site area.
    • Because of the way the original plotland homes were built, with shallow, often uneven, foundations, the only way to save the building is through extensive underpinning.
  • 2A set of ideas, motives, or devices which justify or form the basis for something: the theoretical underpinning for free-market economics
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    • The fact that it had a theoretical underpinning was true but essentially an element.
    • Checks and balances - the constitutional underpinning of the democratic idea that no one individual can be trusted with unlimited power - are there to keep such delusions under control.
    • The key to that system working is showing that if you are flexible with your partners they will be flexible with you and it is just a basis underpinning of any partnership that it's a give and take thing.

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