Definition of Groundwork

1. Noun. The fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained. "The whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"

Exact synonyms: Base, Basis, Cornerstone, Foundation, Fundament
Group relationships: Explanation
Specialized synonyms: Meat And Potatoes
Generic synonyms: Assumption, Supposal, Supposition
Derivative terms: Basal, Base, Found

2. Noun. Lowest support of a structure. "He stood at the foot of the tower"
Exact synonyms: Base, Foot, Foundation, Fundament, Substructure, Understructure
Specialized synonyms: Bed, Raft Foundation
Group relationships: Construction, Structure
Generic synonyms: Support
Derivative terms: Basal

3. Noun. Preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation. "We are prepared today because of groundwork that was done ten years ago"
Generic synonyms: Preparation, Readying

Definition of Groundwork

1. n. That which forms the foundation or support of anything; the basis; the essential or fundamental part; first principle.

Definition of Groundwork

1. Noun. The foundation; the basic or fundamental parts that support or allow for the rest. ¹

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Definition of Groundwork

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Literary usage of Groundwork

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1. A Text-book of physiology by Michael Foster (1891)
"They are simply fibres traversing the groundwork, in spaces of the neuroglia bed, on their way up or down the cord, or across tin cord from one part to ..."

2. Modern Philosophy: From Descartes to Schopenhauer and Hartmann by Francis Bowen (1877)
"KANT'S groundwork OF ETHICS. KANT'S " Critique of Pure Reason " does not profess to make a survey of the whole mind of man, but only an analysis of its ..."

3. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"For the groundwork of the plot the playwright« were indebted to Sidney's 'Arcadia.' Beaumont died 6 March 1616-16, and ap- j pears to have given up dramatic ..."

4. History of the United Netherlands: From the Death of William the Silent to by John Lothrop Motley (1868)
"Vote of the States-General on the groundwork of the treaty — Meeting of the plenipotentiaries for arrangement of the truce — Signing of the twelve years' ..."

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