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Definitions of groundwork

  1. the fundamental assumptions underlying an explanation; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. That which forms the foundation or support of anything; the basis; the essential or fundamental part; first principle. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The work which forms the ground or foundation of anything: the basis: the essential part: the first principle. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. Foundation; first principle. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. The foundation or basis of anything; first principles; fundamentals: to gain ground, to advance; to have some suceess: to lose ground, to give way, to go back; to retire. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for groundwork

  1. By this most solemn recognition, the common law, that grand legal embodyment of " justice" and fundamental right- was made the Groundwork of the Constitution, and intrenched behind its strongest munitions. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  2. The more thoroughly we lay the groundwork the better we shall be able, it may be said, to enjoy the authors. – Selections from the Prose Works of Matthew Arnold by Matthew Arnold
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