superstructure

noun su·per·struc·ture \ -ˌstrək-chər \

Definition of superstructure

1 a : an entity, concept, or complex based on a more fundamental one
b : social institutions (such as the law or politics) that are in Marxist theory erected upon the economic base
2 : a structure built as a vertical extension of something else: such as
a : all of a building above the basement
b : the structural part of a ship above the main deck

superstructural

play \ˌsü-pər-ˈstrək-chə-rəl, -ˈstrək-shrəl\ adjective

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SUPERSTRUCTURE Defined for English Language Learners

superstructure

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Definition of superstructure for English Language Learners

  • : the part of a structure (such as a ship or bridge) that is above the lowest part


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