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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Dixon's test consisted only of the framework, not the polycarbonate laminated screen that is meant to have an anti-reflective coating on the screen's interior, anti-fogging device and possible tear-offs. Robby General, Indianapolis Star, "Scott Dixon tests IndyCar's Aeroscreen prototype in simulator," 2 July 2019 That framework aspires for carbon neutrality by 2050, but the actual strategies within it would take separate, future City Council votes to take effect. Dylan Mcguinness,, "San Antonio mayor, with slim reelection margin, looks ahead," 9 June 2019 The progressive framework on this point, then, is fundamentally wrong, and left-wing partisans go on to apply this misbegotten principle inconsistently. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Corporations Are People, Unborn Children Aren’t," 11 June 2019 New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin has given teams a framework of a return on any Anthony Davis trade which includes multi-team deals, according to an ESPN report. Andrew Lopez,, "Pelicans looking at multi-team deal for AD, preferably before draft: report," 10 June 2019 Under the performance framework, a charter school can earn a maximum of 100 points for academics. Maddie Hanna,, "Philly school district proposes to renew 16 charters, move to close one," 11 June 2018 But under the new framework, Qualcomm also will offer a license to only its standard essential patents at a 3.25 percent rate worldwide. Mike Freeman,, "Qualcomm tweaks patent licensing scheme; Will it help end legal war with Apple?," 27 Apr. 2018 Last June Banco Popular, a Spanish bank, was forced into a restructuring and sale under the European Union’s new bank-resolution framework. The Economist, "Coco bonds have not lived up to their promise," 19 Apr. 2018 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

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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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