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 for judging causes based on importance, neglectedness, and tractability (INT, for short) is not new. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Billionaires are spending their fortunes reshaping America’s schools. It isn’t working.," 30 Oct. 2018 The underlying framework of Android is open source and completely free, which means anyone can use it without so much as a nod in Google's direction. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "What's Behind Google's Enormous $5 Billion Fine from the EU," 18 July 2018 From 2008 to 2011, as Russia’s gas giant, Gazprom PJSC, was building a pipeline as far as Vladivostok, the company signed a memorandum of understanding with North Korea and a framework agreement with Seoul’s Korea Gas Corp. to extend it south. Marc Champion,, "There’s a Gas Pipeline Deal to Be Done With Kim Jong Un. Any Takers?," 14 June 2018 District administrators and middle school building administrators took the past school year to develop a framework for the new lunch structure. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "West Aurora may try new lunch period model for sixth-graders," 10 July 2018 First made public in 1992, his notion provided the conceptual framework for the expressway that opened in 2015. John King,, "Michael Painter, who conceived Presidio Parkway to replace SF’s Doyle Drive, dies," 5 July 2018 Two key decisions in the 1980s, Tennessee v. Garner and Graham v. Connor,created a framework for when cops can reasonably use deadly force. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Quintonio LeGrier was killed by police. A jury awarded his family $1 million. Then a judge took it away.," 29 June 2018 Placed into an algorithm alongside other personal information like birthplace, gender, and specific abilities, NAO was given a personalized framework for each of these children. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Robotic AI Helping Autistic Kids Read Emotions," 29 June 2018 The county and the lawyers for the poor defendants will return to court Thursday to work out a framework for how a new bail system will work. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County public defender keeps job amid questions from Commissioners Court," 12 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 \

Kids Definition of framework

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

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