Definition of base case in English:

base case

noun

  • 1The particular case of a system being analysed in which no variables are changed from their initial values.

  • 2Mathematics
    Mathematics. The initial statement proved in an induction, forming the first element of the infinite sequence generated by the induction.

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in Journal of Marketing. From base + case.

Pronunciation

base case

/ˈbeɪs ˌkeɪs/