framework - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a set of principles, ideas etc that you use when you are forming your decisions and judgments
    framework for:

    a framework for the study of television’s effect on society

    provide/establish/create a framework:

    Einstein’s research provided much of the theoretical framework for particle physics.

     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      a system of rules, laws, agreements etc that establish the way that something operates in business, politics, or society
      framework of:

      the democratic framework of society

      within a framework:

      A free market economy operates within a framework of minimal state intervention.

      a legal/regulatory/constitutional framework:

      The universities had considerable independence, within a legal framework laid down by the state.

  2. 2
    a structure that supports something and makes it a particular shape

    The building had a brick base and a metal framework.