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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The educational and political frameworks in this country are codependent. Annie Abrams, The New Republic, "The College Board Hopes to Profit from “Adversity”," 6 June 2019 The Marshall Plan, the World Bank and the framework of free trade all pointed in this direction. David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: Everyone acts like America is in decline. Let’s look at the numbers.," 6 June 2019 Thus, according to Goal, negotiations between the English and Italian champions have gone fairly smoothly, and the framework of a deal is already being put in place., "Manchester City Enter Talks With Juventus Over £44m Joao Cancelo Transfer," 6 June 2019 But if the ruling goes the other way, this is a potentially problematic framework to be stuck in. David Roberts, Vox, "Oregon is poised to set a cap on greenhouse gas emissions. That’s a huge deal.," 5 June 2019 And though countries around the world are investing in the technology and research, there is no international framework governing this type of engineering. Angela Chen, The Verge, "If someone wants to create gene-edited babies, who would stop them?," 26 Nov. 2018 And from that point forward, this has been a politicized framework. Fox News, "Women who know Kavanaugh rush to his defense," 18 Sep. 2018 The first is the technology to detect fixing and other crimes, while the second is a cooperation framework for investigating possible crimes, Cunningham said. NBC News, "As states race to launch sports betting, calls grow for Congress to protect games' integrity," 14 May 2018 One explanation for why people are so drawn to looking at selfies could be a psychological framework called social comparison theory. Michael Weigold,, "Selfie psychology: Would you risk your life for a photo?," 9 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 How to pronounce framework (audio) \

Kids Definition of framework

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

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