basis /ˈbeɪsɪs/


I. noun

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

trust is the only basis for a good working relationship.
2. [with adj.] the system or principles according to which an activity or process is carried on

she needed coaching on a regular basis.
3. the justification for or reasoning behind something

on the basis of these statistics important decisions are made.

– origin late 16th cent. (denoting a base or pedestal): via Latin from Greek, ‘stepping’. Compare with base1.

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