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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In addition, Judge Engelmayer said the law didn’t provide a framework for listing companies or hosts to challenge the data requests. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Judge Blocks Airbnb Crackdown in New York City," 3 Jan. 2019 Developments such as the dada art movement, a reaction to the insanity of the war that rejected logic, embraced irrationality and scorned nationalism, also provide a framework for modern understanding of the widespread effects on society. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need To Know Before Watching "They Shall Not Grow Old"," 28 Dec. 2018 The American Civil Liberties Union provides the legal framework for students protesting at school. Amnesty International Usa, Teen Vogue, "How to Legally Protest as a Public School Student," 12 Oct. 2018 The Ford/Brezhnev meeting was pivotal for setting up the Helsinki Accords which stabilized the Cold War and also provided a human rights framework for criticizing the Soviet Union. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Trump and Putin have a rendez-vous in Helsinki.," 27 June 2018 That resistance in the mouth, the little push-and-pull that can taste like a tea bag left too long in hot water but provides a framework to help offset the plush fruit? Bruce Schoenfeld, WIRED, "Your Next Glass of Wine Might Be a Fake—and You'll Love It," 30 May 2018 In her quest for asking questions, Alex’s faith has provided a framework. Katherine Jones, idahostatesman, "'Being willing to be open': Boise High senior finds herself through power of words | Idaho Statesman," 26 May 2018 It's named after the Biblical story of Rachel and Leah, which provides the framework for handmaid-Wfe arrangement. Salvaging: Executions., "The Handmaid's Tale Glossary You Need To Survive Gilead," 2 May 2018 Coming off last year’s strange free-agent market, that’s a hard question to forecast – but two recent deals for center fielders could provide a framework. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks news: Is A.J. Pollock pricing himself out of Arizona?," 2 May 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 \

Kids Definition of framework

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

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to settle judicially or to act as judge

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