frame·​work | \ ˈfrām-ˌwərk How to pronounce framework (audio) \

Definition of framework

1a : a basic conceptional structure (as of ideas) the framework of the U.S. Constitution These influences threaten the very framework of our society.
b : a skeletal, openwork, or structural frame An iron framework surrounds the sculpture.
3 : the larger branches of a tree that determine its shape

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Examples of framework in a Sentence

These influences threaten the very framework of our society. The book provides a general framework for understanding modern politics. He questions the study's theoretical framework. An iron framework surrounds the sculpture. The panels are attached to the building's steel framework.
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Its most serious criticism concerned the legal framework under which the election took place. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, The Seattle Times, "Election observers call still-partial Thai vote count flawed," 26 Mar. 2019 Such conditions have prompted the Fed to put interest rate rises on hold after three years of steady increases designed to pre-emptively restrain price pressures, as the Phillips curve framework would dictate. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Economists’ Advice to Fed: Look at Rising Prices and Tight Labor Market," 22 Feb. 2019 Much of the focus is found in the narrative framework. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Arkham Horror Third Edition: The classic Lovecraft adventure returns," 24 Nov. 2018 The framework could also include reductions in central office administration and campus personnel, but Champion said the district is aiming to both keep cuts as far away from students as possible and minimize current employee reduction. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Klein ISD braces for $30 million in cuts; more details next week, district says," 19 June 2018 But not everyone saw it this way: controversial crypto lawyer Marco Santori, who popularized a legal model known as the SAFT framework based around the idea of utility tokens, said Hinman’s speech validated his position. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "The SEC's Big Cryptocurrency Speech: 5 Things to Know," 15 June 2018 Rice's company constructs shells — the structural framework for homes — for home builders including Lennar and DR Horton. Dylan Jackson, miamiherald, "South Florida home prices and rents are already expensive. And they could soon get worse.," 13 June 2018 Tangy harmonies come and go, the rhythmic framework continually shifts, and the music’s center of gravity moves from one part of the orchestra to another. Marcus Overton,, "La Jolla Symphony & Chorus close season with trademark eclecticism," 10 June 2018 Traumatic events can dismantle the mental and social frameworks that support a healthy mind. Alexandra Pattillo, CNN, "Too much bad news can make you sick," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of framework

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of framework

: the basic structure of something : a set of ideas or facts that provide support for something
: a supporting structure : a structural frame


frame·​work | \ ˈfrām-ˌwərk How to pronounce framework (audio) \

Kids Definition of framework

: a basic supporting part or structure the framework of an argument

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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