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Noun: groundwork  'grawnd,wurk
  1. The fundamental assumptions from which something is begun, developed, calculated or explained
    "the whole argument rested on a groundwork of conjecture";
    - basis, base, foundation, fundament, cornerstone
  2. Lowest support of a structure
    "it was built on a groundwork of solid rock";
    - foundation, base, fundament, foot, substructure, understructure
  3. Preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation
    "we are prepared today because of groundwork that was done ten years ago"

Derived forms: groundworks

Type of: assumption, preparation, readying, support, supposal, supposition

Part of: construction, explanation, structure

Encyclopedia: Groundwork