basis Definition

  • 1the underlying support or foundation for an idea, argument, or process
  • 2a fundamental principle or groundwork

Using basis: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "basis" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The basis of his argument is flawed.

  • Example

    The company operates on the basis of trust and mutual respect.

  • Example

    The research was conducted on a scientific basis.

  • Example

    The agreement was reached on the basis of compromise.

basis Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using basis

  • to find out the real or underlying cause of something


    We need to get to the basis of the problem before we can solve it.

  • to make contact with someone or to briefly meet with them


    Let's touch base next week to discuss the project.

  • to take all necessary steps or precautions to ensure success or completeness


    We need to cover all the bases before launching the new product.

Phrases with basis

  • happening or done frequently or at fixed intervals


    She visits her grandparents on a regular basis.

  • using something as a reason or justification for doing something


    He was offered the job on the basis of his qualifications.

  • the foundation or justification for a legal decision or action


    The court ruled that there was no legal basis for the lawsuit.

Origins of basis

from Latin 'basis', meaning 'foundation'


Summary: basis in Brief

The term 'basis' [ˈbeɪsɪs] refers to the fundamental support or foundation for an idea, argument, or process. It can be used in contexts ranging from scientific research to business operations, as in 'The research was conducted on a scientific basis.' 'Basis' is also found in phrases like 'on a regular basis,' indicating frequency, and idioms like 'get to the basis of something,' meaning to find the underlying cause.

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