The framers in 1787 were wary of sovereignty, and tried to divide, distance, check and balance its exercise.
Similarly, the thirty-nine framers at Philadelphia were allowed to profess their faith even in the public square.
But the framers anticipated such a danger and established a very high bar against it.
Read the Constitution, they have told us, not how we would read it, but how the framers would have read it.
But the framers of the Constitution had very good reasons for making it difficult for America to go to war.
We owe much to the framers of the Constitution; they were not common men.
It is not necessary to blame the framers of our Constitution for introducing them.
Address of framers of the Constitution against the bill, 275.
We have no quarrel with their king or the framers of their laws.
But this kind of a tax would, in the opinion of the framers, have placed too heavy a burden upon the well-to-do.
Old English framian "to profit, be helpful, avail, benefit," from fram "active, vigorous, bold," originally "going forward," from fram "forward; from" (see from).
Influenced by related Old English fremman "help forward, promote, further, do, perform, accomplish," and by Old Norse fremja "to further, execute." Sense focused in Middle English from "make ready" (mid-13c.) to "prepare timber for building" (late 14c.). Meaning "compose, devise" is first attested 1540s.
The criminal slang sense of "blame an innocent person" (1920s) is probably from earlier sense of "plot in secret" (1900), perhaps ultimately from meaning "fabricate a story with evil intent," first attested 1510s. Related: Framed; framing.
c.1200, "profit, benefit;" mid-13c. "composition, plan," from frame (v.) and from Scandinavian (cf. Old Norse frami "advancement"). In late 14c. it also meant "the rack."
Meaning "building" is from early 15c.; that of "border or case for a picture or pane of glass" is from c.1600. The meaning "established order, plan" and that of "human body" are both first recorded 1590s. Of bicycles, from 1871; of motor cars, from 1900. Frame of mind is from 1711. Frame of reference is 1897, from mechanics and graphing; the figurative sense is attested from 1924.
(of buildings), "made of wood," 1790, American English, from frame (n.).
Something composed of parts fitted and joined together.
: I was framed