Definition of basis in English:

basis

noun

  • 1The underlying support or foundation for an idea, argument, or process.

    ‘trust is the only basis for a good working relationship’
    • ‘He was arguing for a return to the clubs as the basis for building a strong foundation for the game in Scotland.’
    • ‘This I believe is an essential in preventing arguments, or at least a basis to resolve them.’
    • ‘This second possibility was the basis on which the judge awarded her damages.’
    • ‘Ideas which saw the internet not just as the basis for a new market sector, but a whole new economy.’
    • ‘I come to these conclusions concerning her ability to support herself on these bases.’
    • ‘He attempted to use the support of the navy to lay the basis of an armed force under his own command.’
    • ‘I hope this was evident to you as this has always been the basis of our support.’
    • ‘You will recall that in our alternative arguments we submit two bases for a finding of the true value of the asset purchased.’
    • ‘It's an old story and probably the basis of the plot for a forthcoming movie.’
    • ‘They both took issue with the logical basis of the Design argument.’
    • ‘He also has a broad basis of support because of his background as a trade union official.’
    • ‘What he said had a basis of fact, as was underlined when he was soon eliminated.’
    • ‘The arguments used to support a ban on hunting undermine this basis of a civilised society.’
    • ‘But a number of faulty assumptions seem to form the basis for some of your arguments.’
    • ‘The molecular basis of this selective translation is not yet fully understood.’
    • ‘He laid the basis for modern ideas of democracy and the legitimacy of majority rule.’
    • ‘The process is widely used throughout Europe, and its basis is set out in many manuals.’
    • ‘This link underlies much of the understanding of madness and its somatic basis in the modern age.’
    • ‘In my judgment the decision can be supported on the same basis.’
    • ‘Sensations cause some beliefs and in this sense are the basis or ground of those beliefs.’
    origin, cause, root, source, starting point, core, centre, heart, kernel, base, foundation
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1with adjective The system or principles according to which an activity or process is carried on.
      ‘she needed coaching on a regular basis’
      • ‘This privacy policy statement sets out the basis by which your personal data will be processed.’
      • ‘Visit your dentist or hygienist to have your teeth scaled and polished on a regular basis.’
      • ‘People are entitled to their opinion and write in to us on a regular basis.’
      • ‘Although my husband is a lieutenant in a support unit I fear for his life on a daily basis.’
      • ‘It is time for Labour in Scotland to remake the argument for the Union on a modern basis.’
      • ‘We intend to carry out similar operations on a regular basis over the coming months.’
      • ‘The media exposes us on a daily basis to the idea that things are not as good as they seem.’
      • ‘What it really comes down to is individual judgment, a fact that is underlined for me on an annual basis.’
      • ‘The point is, though, they will do it on a voluntary basis based on their recent experiences.’
      • ‘They also require evidence that these checks are carried out on a regular basis by staff at the home.’
      • ‘Inside, she couldn't help but feel a bit disappointed they were back on a formal basis.’
      • ‘The remaining places are given to students from further afield on a selective basis.’
      starting point, base, point of departure, beginning, premise
      footing, condition, status, position
      View synonyms
    2. 1.2 The justification for or reasoning behind something.
      ‘on the basis of these statistics important decisions are made’
      • ‘There is also a failure to provide a rational basis for the decision as to the amount of respite to provided.’
      • ‘The force of that argument depends upon the basis upon which the measure of damages is arrived at.’
      • ‘No authority was put before him, and on that basis he found the argument without substance.’
      • ‘An order will always have to be justified on the basis of the child's welfare.’
      • ‘Second, lump sum payments are worked out on the basis of an assumed life expectancy.’
      • ‘On the basis of that permission there is no justification for any further dwellings.’
      • ‘The council supports the scheme on the basis it will help to meet a housing shortage in the district.’
      • ‘There is really, so far as I can see, no good basis for supporting a change in their position.’
      • ‘The second is that programmes can only be justified on the basis of how many people watch them.’
      • ‘As a matter of fact, it is not possible to justify this attack on the basis of international law.’
      • ‘It's about time this issue was discussed rationally on the basis of the facts.’
      • ‘If he cannot be relied on as an impartial expert witness on the basis of his professional stature then no one can.’
      • ‘That was on the basis that all other arguments for the grant of the injunction had failed.’
      • ‘Second, for each form of treatment, attempt to specify the basis or bases for which it is deserved.’
      • ‘There is certainly no reason to make such an assumption on the basis of his name.’
      • ‘The topics were mixed up, and the recipients were not told of the basis of the topic selection.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that loyalism attracted a fair degree of support on this basis.’
      • ‘We try to figure out what is so, reasoning on the basis of what we already know.’
      • ‘We have to take this decision on a rational basis, not in a climate of fear.’
      • ‘On the basis of recent opinion polls this is the current prediction.’
      foundation, support, base, footing
      View synonyms

Origin

Late 16th century (denoting a base or pedestal): via Latin from Greek, ‘stepping’. Compare with base.

Pronunciation

basis

/ˈbeɪsɪs/