The inspector discovered a crack in the house's foundation.
The book explains the moral foundations on which her political career was built.
These problems threaten the very foundations of modern society.
The scandal has shaken the government to its foundations.
They established a foundation to help orphaned children.
Recent Examples on the WebThe foundation’s flagship event is the Danny Rumph Classic, a basketball tournament in Philadelphia that began at the gym where Rumph died, which was renamed for him.—Kris Rhim, New York Times, 6 Jan. 2023 Bradley believes the foundation is there for the Colts defense to make something happen next season.—The Indianapolis Star, 6 Jan. 2023 The foundation of that relationship is what allows Marion’s eventual betrayal of it to feel so poignant and conflicted.—Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2022 The foundation of China’s zero-Covid policy has been ubiquitous nucleic-acid testing.—Simone Gao, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2022 The foundation of your marketing should be educational content.—Expert Panel®, Forbes, 19 Dec. 2022 The foundation is among three conservation groups that sued the federal government, alleging that a regulation adopted last year didn’t meet the legal requirements for protecting right whales from getting entangled in gear used to catch lobsters.—Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Dec. 2022 Even with the annual distribution requirement, a foundation is potentially immortal.—Scott Burns, Dallas News, 18 Dec. 2022 Curtis says the foundation of the table are linens—those guests will be holding cocktail and dinner napkins all night long.—Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 13 Dec. 2022 See More
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Middle English fundacioun, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French fundacion, borrowed from Latin fundātiōn-, fundātiō, from fundāre "to found entry 4" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action
: a basis upon which something stands or is supported
specifically: a witness's preliminary testimony given to identify or explain evidence being offered at trial and establish its connection to the issue for which it is offered
the lack of any foundation for the orthopedic surgeon's familiarity with the…standard of care rendered the surgeon's opinion testimony inadmissible —National Law Journal
Before evidence can be admitted at trial, the foundation for it must be laid by the party offering it. A foundation must also be laid for the qualification of a witness as an expert, or for the assertion of a privilege.
: funds given for the permanent support of an institution : endowment
: an organization or institution established by endowment with provision for future maintenance