underpinning

noun un·der·pin·ning \ ˈən-dər-ˌpi-niŋ \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of underpinning

1 : the material and construction (such as a foundation) used for support of a structure
2 : something that serves as a foundation : basis, support often used in plural
  • the philosophical underpinnings of educational methods
3 : underwear usually used in plural
4 : a person's legs usually used in plural

Examples of underpinning in a Sentence

  1. the underpinnings of the theory have recently been called into question

  2. the underpinnings of the bridge were seriously damaged in the collision

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First Known Use of underpinning

15th century

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