frame·work | \ ˈfrām-ˌwərk \

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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The framework, published last year as a recommendation from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), is the culmination of a years-long campaign for net neutrality in India. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "India just approved net neutrality rules that ban ‘any form’ of data discrimination," 11 July 2018 In state courts, the claims are narrower and the legal framework around using nuisance statutes to extract damages is more robust. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why Colorado thinks it has a chance to make oil companies pay for climate change," 5 July 2018 City of Charlotte The framework of the Amazon deal is not unusual, though $13.7 million is a relatively large incentive. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte supports millions for Amazon, but doesn't know how much new jobs will pay," 5 July 2018 The framework provided by these decrees is essential to a functioning music marketplace and they were comprehensively reviewed just two years ago with the DOJ concluding that their continued existence is squarely in the public interest. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Music Modernization Act Sails Through Senate Judiciary Committee; Industry Reacts," 28 June 2018 An investigation by USA TODAY Sports found that, despite Lochte embellishing the detail of being held with a gun to his forehead, the framework of his story was true. USA TODAY, "Brazil court allows prosecution of Ryan Lochte over 2016 case," 28 June 2018 With an uncertain road ahead, a unified regulatory framework for blockchain and cryptocurrency will be crucial to utilizing these exciting technologies to their full potential. Zhuling Chen, Fortune, "How Should We Regulate Blockchain? It Depends on Which Country You Ask," 25 June 2018 In theory the framework for the NHS is the Health and Social Care Act, passed in 2012. The Economist, "Theresa May’s lacklustre plan for the NHS," 21 June 2018 One framework for understanding STAAR results is to view them in combination with other data, such as classroom grades and previous test results. Bill Mchenry And Eric Simpson, star-telegram, "Educators disagree on what we're really learning from statewide STAAR tests? Here are two views," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of framework

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of framework was in 1578

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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 \

Kids Definition of framework

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

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the setting in which something occurs

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