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Foundation

A permanent fund established and maintained by contributions for charitable, educational, religious, research, or other benevolent purposes. An institution or association given to rendering financial aid to colleges, schools, hospitals, and charities and generally supported by gifts for such purposes.

The founding or building of a college or hospital. The incorporation or endowment of a college or hospital is the foundation, and those who endow it with land or other property are the founders.

Preliminary questions to a witness to establish admissibility of evidence. Laying a foundation is a prerequisite to the admission of evidence at trial. It is established by testimony that identifies the evidence sought to be admitted and connects it with the issue in question.

foundation

(Basis), noun base, bedrock, beginning, cornerstone, frame, framework, fundamenta, fundamental principle, groundwork, keystone, origin, premise, root, sedes, skeleton, substructure, support, supporting structure, underlying principle, underpinning
Associated concepts: foundation for evidence, foundation of a claim, foundation of a lien, laying a foundation for a document

foundation

(Organization), noun association, chariiable institution, charity, eleemosynary corporaaion, endowed institution, endowment, establishment, fund invested for a charitable purpose, institute, institution, orranization to aid the needy, organized body for charity, philanthropic institution, sodalitas
Associated concepts: charitable foundation, not-for-profit organization
See also: association, assumption, basis, building, cause, cornerstone, corporation, creation, criterion, derivation, facility, formation, fund, genesis, ground, institute, institution, mainstay, nascency, onset, organization, origin, origination, outset, postulate, preamble, precedent, preparation, principle, reason, source, stare decisis, start, supposition
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He therefore dug his cellar, and laid the deep foundations of his mansion, on the square of earth whence Matthew Maule, forty years before, had first swept away the fallen leaves.
The Indian right of possession itself stands, with regard to the greater part of the country, upon a questionable foundation.
In its foundation it is federal, not national; in the sources from which the ordinary powers of the government are drawn, it is partly federal and partly national; in the operation of these powers, it is national, not federal; in the extent of them, again, it is federal, not national; and, finally, in the authoritative mode of introducing amendments, it is neither wholly federal nor wholly national.
In depicting the most general phases of the development of the proletariat, we traced the more or less veiled civil war, raging within existing society, up to the point where that war breaks out into open revolution, and where the violent overthrow of the bourgeoisie lays the foundation for the sway of the proletariat.
He came over with the first settlers, and had been the intimate companion of all those excellent and famous men who laid the foundation of our country.
Smooth-it-away's testimony to the solidity of its foundation, I should be loath to cross it in a crowded omnibus, especially if each passenger were encumbered with as heavy luggage as that gentleman and myself.
The temptations to enter political life were so alluring that I came very near yielding to them at one time, but I was kept from doing so by the feeling that I would be helping in a more substantial way by assisting in the laying of the foundation of the race through a generous education of the hand, head, and heart.
So too, like Voltaire in his time, uninvited defenders of the law of inevitability today use that law as a weapon against religion, though the law of inevitability in history, like the law of Copernicus in astronomy, far from destroying, even strengthens the foundation on which the institutions of state and church are erected.
This father, Noel Collins, had been a successful animal trainer in England, before emigrating to America, and in America he had continued the success and laid the foundation of the big animal training school at Cedarwild, which his son had developed and built up after him.
The purpose which had taken a foremost place in Emily's mind rested on the firm foundation of her love and pity for her aunt.
And, lastly, he inveighed against Minerva because she had not contrived iron wheels in the foundation of her house, so its inhabitants might more easily remove if a neighbor proved unpleasant.
The boundless sea rang terribly around, and the earth crashed loudly: wide Heaven was shaken and groaned, and high Olympus reeled from its foundation under the charge of the undying gods, and a heavy quaking reached dim Tartarus and the deep sound of their feet in the fearful onset and of their hard missiles.

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