Origin of foundation
Examples from the Web for foundational
Back then, property was understood by universal consensus as a foundational cornerstone of human liberty and a life worth living.
And we are, to my knowledge, the only nation that has hounding down joy written into our foundational documents.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?|P. J. O’Rourke|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The separation of church (synagogue, mosque, etc.) and state is a foundational pillar of American democracy.
Polls show Americans now struggle to take our foundational institutions seriously.A New Constitution? We Can Hardly Handle The One We’ve Got!|James Poulos|February 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or of the Zohar, the foundational work of Jewish mysticism, which was written in Spain.
There are courses that are foundational and that must therefore be governed by an eclectic aim.College Teaching|Paul Klapper
It was this course that was looked forward to with the keenest curiosity as the foundational instruction given by the school.Foch the Man|Clara E. Laughlin
Liberal education and all the values attached to it are the foundational matrix of the current system of general education.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
Still more significant is the increased mechanical efficiency in the foundational industries.The Evolution of Modern Capitalism|John Atkinson Hobson
His fortissimo chords have hitherto lacked the foundational power and splendour of d'Albert's, Busoni's, and Rosenthal's.Franz Liszt|James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for foundational
- an endowment or legacy for the perpetual support of an institution such as a school or hospital
- on the foundation entitled to benefit from the funds of a foundation
Word Origin and History for foundational (1 of 2)
late 14c., "action of founding," from Old French fondacion (14c.) or directly from Latin fundationem (nominative fundatio) "a founding," noun of action from past participle stem of fundare (see found (v.1)). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by staþol. Meaning "that which is founded" (a college, hospital, etc.) is from 1510s; meaning "funds endowed" is early 15c. Sense of "solid base of a structure" is from late 15c.