un·​der·​pin·​ning | \ ˈən-dər-ˌpi-niŋ How to pronounce underpinning (audio) \

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

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Examples of underpinning in a Sentence

the underpinnings of the theory have recently been called into question the underpinnings of the bridge were seriously damaged in the collision
Recent Examples on the Web SpaceX finished near the top with a massive of infusion of cash that could provide the financial underpinning its Starlink project needs. Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2020 For me, the underpinning of inequity and racial injustice is the lack of equitable distribution of capital. John Simons, Time, 14 May 2021 His venture capital firm has also invested in three companies dealing in the technology underpinning Bitcoin. New York Times, 6 May 2021 Martin Luther provided the intellectual underpinning for the Reformation. The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 The technology underpinning it is called blockchain, a sort of digital ledger. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021 Contracts are foundational to commercial relationships, yet accuracy, certainty and speed have long been neglected as an underpinning in this critical business process. Andrew Bruce, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 Over a table set with Elbaz’s dream dinner guests, the pair discussed the philosophy underpinning AZ Factory’s launch. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 25 Apr. 2021 Entrepreneurs have for years dreamed of using blockchain technology, the concepts and software underpinning bitcoin, to enable digital trading of virtually any asset. Paul Vigna, WSJ, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of underpinning

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Jun 2021

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“Underpinning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underpinning. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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