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noun [countable]     framework pronunciation in American English
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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.

    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 metal framework.



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