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noun as in basis

noun as in supporting structure

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What the poll shows is at once an advance, but also the gritty underpinnings of prejudice.

Complex underpinnings very slowly melted away into less and less constraining garments.

The changes are not happening yet on the surface, but in the important place, in the underpinnings of society.

The medical literature only recently has begun to examine the medical and psychiatric underpinnings of the practice.

But a reader will never learn about the underpinnings of these friendships.

The gate of the nameless mausoleum had not been opened for many years, and the wind had heaped the dirt against the underpinnings.

Hewn-stone underpinnings were seldom adopted in those days; the brick-work rests directly upon the solid walls of the cellar.

Either I should have slowed down or waited until they could put in some re-enforced-concrete underpinnings.

Between this oddly opposed pair stands on her solid, sensible underpinnings the figure of Candida.

That ship you talked of is awfully plated up topside, but all her underpinnings are pretty weak.


On this page you'll find 13 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to underpinnings, such as: support, base, ground, foundation, groundwork, and substructure.

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