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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Reaching that requires policies, aligned with the agreement’s framework, that allow companies to set and deliver on ambitious climate targets. Andrew Liveris, Fortune, "As business and labor leaders, we agree on this: The U.S. needs to stay in the Paris Agreement," 15 Jan. 2020 Though that involves its own fingers-crossed risk-taking as much as Bernanke's framework: if the boost isn't enough to drive the necessary economic upturn, there's no fallback. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, "The Fed might be in denial about the next recession," 7 Jan. 2020 Last fall the Youth Council Planning Task Force featuring high school-age volunteers was tasked with designing the framework -- mission and vision, by-laws, recruitment plan and application -- for the council. John Benson, cleveland, "Newly created Lakewood Youth Council to provide teen perspective at city hall," 6 Jan. 2020 Over the summer, lawmakers and the White House reached a bipartisan agreement to raise government spending for the next two years, offering a rough framework for defense and domestic programs. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "House Moves to Stave Off Another Government Shutdown," 20 Nov. 2019 Early Pochettino Spurs teams had such a robust framework and philosophy ironed into them from end to end., "Tottenham Hotspur: Why Spurs Must Lean on Domestic Cups to Learn to Dream Again," 22 Sep. 2019 Macroeconomic models offer a logical, consistent framework to help policymakers understand how people and different factors may respond to a new tax, benefit, or regulation. Kevin J. Delaney, Quartz, "Bill Gates: “Economists don’t actually understand macroeconomics”," 16 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, Ben Thompson offers a useful framework for how to think about deplatforming. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why deplatforming 8chan can be effective," 8 Aug. 2019 My fellow CEOs at Uber and Lyft have offered a different framework, with new benefits and protections for ride-share drivers. Bastian Lehmann For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Postmates CEO: Gig workers deserve a better deal than we have given them," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of framework

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Framework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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