Definition of basis in English:



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

    ‘trust is the only basis for a good working relationship’
    • ‘I come to these conclusions concerning her ability to support herself on these bases.’
    • ‘This second possibility was the basis on which the judge awarded her damages.’
    • ‘You will recall that in our alternative arguments we submit two bases for a finding of the true value of the asset purchased.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was arguing for a return to the clubs as the basis for building a strong foundation for the game in Scotland.’
    • ‘I hope this was evident to you as this has always been the basis of our support.’
    • ‘The process is widely used throughout Europe, and its basis is set out in many manuals.’
    • ‘The arguments used to support a ban on hunting undermine this basis of a civilised society.’
    • ‘In my judgment the decision can be supported on the same basis.’
    • ‘Ideas which saw the internet not just as the basis for a new market sector, but a whole new economy.’
    • ‘Sensations cause some beliefs and in this sense are the basis or ground of those beliefs.’
    • ‘The molecular basis of this selective translation is not yet fully understood.’
    • ‘They both took issue with the logical basis of the Design argument.’
    • ‘He laid the basis for modern ideas of democracy and the legitimacy of majority rule.’
    • ‘This link underlies much of the understanding of madness and its somatic basis in the modern age.’
    • ‘It's an old story and probably the basis of the plot for a forthcoming movie.’
    • ‘He attempted to use the support of the navy to lay the basis of an armed force under his own command.’
    • ‘This I believe is an essential in preventing arguments, or at least a basis to resolve them.’
    • ‘But a number of faulty assumptions seem to form the basis for some of your arguments.’
    origin, cause, root, source, starting point, core, centre, heart, kernel, base, foundation
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    1. 1.1[with adjective]The system or principles according to which an activity or process is carried on.
      ‘she needed coaching on a regular basis’
      • ‘They also require evidence that these checks are carried out on a regular basis by staff at the home.’
      • ‘It is time for Labour in Scotland to remake the argument for the Union on a modern basis.’
      • ‘Although my husband is a lieutenant in a support unit I fear for his life on a daily basis.’
      • ‘What it really comes down to is individual judgment, a fact that is underlined for me on an annual basis.’
      • ‘The media exposes us on a daily basis to the idea that things are not as good as they seem.’
      • ‘This privacy policy statement sets out the basis by which your personal data will be processed.’
      • ‘Inside, she couldn't help but feel a bit disappointed they were back on a formal basis.’
      • ‘Visit your dentist or hygienist to have your teeth scaled and polished on a regular basis.’
      • ‘The remaining places are given to students from further afield on a selective basis.’
      • ‘We intend to carry out similar operations on a regular basis over the coming months.’
      • ‘People are entitled to their opinion and write in to us on a regular basis.’
      • ‘The point is, though, they will do it on a voluntary basis based on their recent experiences.’
      starting point, base, point of departure, beginning, premise
      footing, condition, status, position
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    2. 1.2The justification for or reasoning behind something.
      ‘on the basis of these statistics important decisions are made’
      • ‘Second, for each form of treatment, attempt to specify the basis or bases for which it is deserved.’
      • ‘On the basis of recent opinion polls this is the current prediction.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is certainly no reason to make such an assumption on the basis of his name.’
      • ‘If he cannot be relied on as an impartial expert witness on the basis of his professional stature then no one can.’
      • ‘On the basis of that permission there is no justification for any further dwellings.’
      • ‘There is really, so far as I can see, no good basis for supporting a change in their position.’
      • ‘We try to figure out what is so, reasoning on the basis of what we already know.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that loyalism attracted a fair degree of support on this basis.’
      • ‘It's about time this issue was discussed rationally on the basis of the facts.’
      • ‘We have to take this decision on a rational basis, not in a climate of fear.’
      • ‘The second is that programmes can only be justified on the basis of how many people watch them.’
      • ‘Second, lump sum payments are worked out on the basis of an assumed life expectancy.’
      • ‘The topics were mixed up, and the recipients were not told of the basis of the topic selection.’
      • ‘That was on the basis that all other arguments for the grant of the injunction had failed.’
      • ‘The council supports the scheme on the basis it will help to meet a housing shortage in the district.’
      • ‘As a matter of fact, it is not possible to justify this attack on the basis of international law.’
      foundation, support, base, footing
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Late 16th century (denoting a base or pedestal): via Latin from Greek, stepping. Compare with base.