Adjective "underpin" definition and examples

(Underpin may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Support (a building or other structure) from below by laying a solid foundation below ground level or by substituting stronger for weaker materials.
  1. 'At present, it is not thought that underpinning the foundations would be enough to save the building.'
  2. 'Work began on rectifying the structural problems of the library and extra piles were inserted and the building was underpinned.'
  3. 'Mrs Lloyd said the council refuses to answer questions about underpinning her house.'
Support, justify, or form the basis for.
  1. 'He said the partnership process must underpin competitiveness as the core element of any possible new agreement.'
  2. 'In a free society law also underpins the freedoms of citizens by guaranteeing certain civil liberties and imposing legal checks on the authorities.'
  3. 'The story of her parents' struggle to raise four children in an alien culture underpins her book and her beliefs.'
  4. 'The success of this arrangement was underpinned by unquestioned trust in the integrity of the medical profession.'
  5. 'The Government's legislation to underpin its workplace changes is yet to materialise.'
  6. 'The idea of fairness that underpins the democratic process is grounded in different ways in different theories.'
  7. 'His views were underpinned by his strong Christian beliefs.'
  8. 'Thus, rivalry was built into the structure of material life that underpinned the economy of production and exchange.'
  9. 'He said, ‘We are remembering the past, honouring the present and underpinning a legacy for future generations in gathering here today.’'
  10. 'The exercise exposed a fundamental element of the Finnish psyche that underpins the Finnish workplace.'

More definitions

1. to prop up or support from below; strengthen, as by reinforcing a foundation.

2. to replace or strengthen the foundation of (a building or the like).

3. to furnish a foundation for; corroborate: The author's conclusions are underpinned by references to experimental findings.

More examples(as adjective)

"surveys can be underpin for places."

"sectors can be underpin in places."

"premiums can be underpin by cables."

"margins can be underpin from fallings."

"jumps can be underpin by profits."

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