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underpinning

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1 an immaterial thing upon which something else rests
  • the underpinnings of the theory have recently been called into question

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2 a structure that holds up or serves as a foundation for something else
  • the underpinnings of the bridge were seriously damaged in the collision

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underpinning

verb
present participle of underpin

Synonyms of underpinning (Entry 2 of 2)

to hold up or serve as a foundation for
  • the central beliefs that underpin a free society

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The first known use of underpinning was in the 15th century

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“Underpinning.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/underpinning. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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