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foundation

[foun-dey-shuh n] /faʊnˈdeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the basis or groundwork of anything:
the moral foundation of both society and religion.
2.
the natural or prepared ground or base on which some structure rests.
3.
the lowest division of a building, wall, or the like, usually of masonry and partly or wholly below the surface of the ground.
4.
the act of founding, setting up, establishing, etc.:
a policy in effect since the foundation.
5.
the state of being founded.
6.
an institution financed by a donation or legacy to aid research, education, the arts, etc.:
the Ford Foundation.
7.
an endowment for such an institution.
8.
a cosmetic, as a cream or liquid, used as a base for facial makeup.
10.
Solitaire. a card of given denomination on which other cards are to be added according to denomination or suit.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English foundacioun < Latin fundātiōn- (stem of fundātiō), equivalent to fundāt(us) (past participle of fundāre; see found2) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
foundational, adjective
foundationally, adverb
foundationary, adjective
prefoundation, noun
Synonyms
2. See base1 . 2, 3. footing. 4, 5. establishment, settlement.
Antonyms
2, 3. superstructure.
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  • There are certain foundational skills necessary for learning in an open online environment.
  • Quick object identification is a primal evolutionary necessity, and it's a foundational way our visual interpretation works.
  • They attest to the foundational tastes of the owner without having to be viewed in their stupefying entirety.
  • His pragmatism is a convenient cover for effacing the foundational debates of our republic.
  • Collaboration and augmentation are the foundational principles of innovation.
British Dictionary definitions for foundational

foundation

/faʊnˈdeɪʃən/
noun
1.
that on which something is founded; basis
2.
(often pl) a construction below the ground that distributes the load of a building, wall, etc
3.
the base on which something stands
4.
the act of founding or establishing or the state of being founded or established
5.
  1. an endowment or legacy for the perpetual support of an institution such as a school or hospital
  2. on the foundation, entitled to benefit from the funds of a foundation
6.
an institution supported by an endowment, often one that provides funds for charities, research, etc
7.
the charter incorporating or establishing a society or institution and the statutes or rules governing its affairs
8.
a cosmetic in cream or cake form used as a base for make-up
10.
(cards) a card on which a sequence may be built
Derived Forms
foundational, adjective
foundationally, adverb
foundationary, adjective
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Word Origin and History for foundational
adj.

1680s, from foundation + -al (1).

foundation

n.

late 14c., "action of founding," from Old French fondacion (14c.) or directly from Latin fundationem (nominative fundatio) "a founding," noun of action from past participle stem of fundare (see found (v.1)). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by staþol. Meaning "that which is founded" (a college, hospital, etc.) is from 1510s; meaning "funds endowed" is early 15c. Sense of "solid base of a structure" is from late 15c.

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foundational in Medicine

foundation foun·da·tion (foun-dā'shən)
n.
The basis on which something stands or is supported; a base.

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