foundational

adjective foun·da·tion·al \ fau̇n-ˈdā-shnəl , -shə-nᵊl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of foundational

: of, relating to, or forming or serving as a base or foundation : fundamental
  • foundational principles/doctrines
  • These foundational volumes proved to be, each in its own way, enabling gestures for the growth of sophisticated theories and critical practices in African, Caribbean, and African American literatures.
  • —Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • Property was, in a sense, foundational to culture, since English political economy rested on the private ownership of land, and the political economy, in turn, largely structured social relations.
  • —Jill Lepore
  • Philosophy is a foundational discipline. Not only does it do the spadework that makes the construction of other disciplines possible; it also pays constant attention to the foundations of those disciplines as they are practiced.
  • Cognitive Science

First Known Use of foundational

1657


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