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English noun: basis

1. basis a relation that provides the foundation for something

SamplesThey were on a friendly footing.
He worked on an interim basis.

Synonymsfooting, ground

Broader (hypernym)foundation

Narrower (hyponym)common ground

2. basis (cognition) the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

SamplesThe whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture.

Synonymsbase, cornerstone, foundation, fundament, groundwork

Broader (hypernym)assumption, supposal, supposition

Narrower (hyponym)meat and potatoes

Part meronymexplanation

3. basis the most important or necessary part of something

SamplesThe basis of this drink is orange juice.


Broader (hypernym)component, component part, constituent, part, portion

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