foundation
noun Date: 14th century 1. the act of founding 2. a basis (as a tenet, principle, or axiom) upon which something stands or is supported <
the foundations of geometry
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the rumor is without foundation in fact
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3. a. funds given for the permanent support of an institution ; endowment b. an organization or institution established by endowment with provision for future maintenance 4. an underlying base or support; especially the whole masonry substructure of a building 5. a. a body or ground upon which something is built up or overlaid b. a woman's supporting undergarment ; corset c. a cosmetic usually used as a base for makeup • foundational adjectivefoundationally adverbfoundationless adjective

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