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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Recent Examples on the Web According to a psychoanalytic framework, trauma is a shock so overwhelming that it cannot be mentally processed. James Robins, The New Republic, "Can Historians Be Traumatized by History?," 16 Feb. 2021 The appeal to the White House, which Dershowitz helped devise, included an assurance that Nahmani would leave the country and never return — a framework that Dershowitz said served as a model for Nader’s case. Nicholas Confessore,, "Using connections to Trump, Dershowitz became a force in clemency grants," 8 Feb. 2021 Democratic leaders are using Biden's $1.9 trillion package and $1,400 direct payments as a framework, however, the final details are still being worked out. Fortune, "Democrats are getting closer to passing a relief package—here’s when to expect $1,400 stimulus checks," 6 Feb. 2021 The great palaces were not just residences, but public expressions of an all-encompassing philosophical framework that reflected the monarch’s godlike presence across the entire physical and intellectual space of empire. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "What Dallas McMansions and a Russian palace alleged to be Vladimir Putin’s have in common," 5 Feb. 2021 Biden's framework would send $350 billion to state and local governments to allay service cuts and keep police, fire and other public-sector workers on the job. Kevin Freking, Star Tribune, "Biden and GOP senators offer competing COVID-19 relief plans," 1 Feb. 2021 The singles collected in the 2015 debut, cheekily (or perhaps not?) titled Product, showcased an attention to texture normally reserved for esoteric projects like Autechre or Matmos, applying this noise to a pop framework. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, "SOPHIE Transcended Everything," 1 Feb. 2021 The group's framework includes $160 billion for COVID-19 vaccine development and distribution, testing and tracing, and treatment and supplies, such as the production and deployment of personal protective equipment. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden invites Republican senators to talk coronavirus stimulus at the White House," 31 Jan. 2021 Camping was not allowed under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s regional stay-at-home framework. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "California State Parks to begin reopening campsites after stay-at-home shutdown," 28 Jan. 2021

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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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“Framework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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