Part of speech: noun

A support; foundation; chief ingredient.

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Usage examples "basis":

  1. A president so selected would probably choose his officers also on the same basis. - "Lord Elgin", John George Bourinot.
  2. That has been the basis of our management from the beginning. - "A Letter of Credit", Susan Warner.
  3. The family will always be the basis of human society. - "The Country Doctor", Honore de Balzac.