frame·​work | \ ˈfrām-ˌwərk How to pronounce framework (audio) \

Definition of framework

1a : a basic conceptional structure (as of ideas) the framework of the U.S. Constitution These influences threaten the very framework of our society.
b : a skeletal, openwork, or structural frame An iron framework surrounds the sculpture.
3 : the larger branches of a tree that determine its shape

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These influences threaten the very framework of our society. The book provides a general framework for understanding modern politics. He questions the study's theoretical framework. An iron framework surrounds the sculpture. The panels are attached to the building's steel framework.
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Recent Examples on the Web Real-life experiences are the framework for the episodes and lyrics in the songs that Karma raps. Adrienne Farr,, 15 Oct. 2021 The concept, unveiled Wednesday, is in early stages and is intended to be a 40-year framework. Sarah Freishtat,, 13 Oct. 2021 There is a powerful framework called the Technology Acceptance Model. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 The plan, which is basically a framework for identifying projects to fund, was released in April by Garcia's office. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 16 Sep. 2021 This support is a framework of some psychological first aid, a bit of cognitive reframing, and motivational interviewing stitched together. Ken Yeager, STAT, 11 Sep. 2021 But those numbers are the only sensible framework to discuss spending trillions of dollars on climate now. John H. Cochrane, National Review, 3 Sep. 2021 The centrists had balked at approving the budget framework and urged the House to vote immediately on the infrastructure bill, which has already passed the Senate. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2021 Jones said the document is only a framework for the library’s future. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of framework

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Framework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of framework

: the basic structure of something : a set of ideas or facts that provide support for something
: a supporting structure : a structural frame


frame·​work | \ ˈfrām-ˌwərk How to pronounce framework (audio) \

Kids Definition of framework

: a basic supporting part or structure the framework of an argument

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