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Meaning of BASIS

Pronunciation:  'beysis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the fundamental assumptions underlying an explanation; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
  2. [n]  a relation that provides the foundation for something; "they were on a friendly footing" or"he worked on an interim basis"

BASIS is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: base, cornerstone, footing, foundation, fundament, ground, groundwork
 See Also: assumption, common ground, explanation, foundation, supposal, supposition



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ba"sis\, n.; pl. {Bases}. [L. basis, Gr. ?. See {Base},
1. The foundation of anything; that on which a thing rests.

2. The pedestal of a column, pillar, or statue. [Obs.]

         If no basis bear my rising name.      --Pope.

3. The ground work the first or fundamental principle; that
   which supports.

         The basis of public credit is good faith. --A.

4. The principal component part of a thing.

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