foundation
foun·da·tion n
1: a basis upon which something stands or is supported; specif: a witness's preliminary testimony given to identify or explain evidence being offered at trial and establish its connection to the issue for which it is offered
the lack of any foundation for the orthopedic surgeon's familiarity with the...standard of care rendered the surgeon's opinion testimony inadmissibleNational Law Journal
◇ Before evidence can be admitted at trial, the foundation for it must be laid by the party offering it. A foundation must also be laid for the qualification of a witness as an expert, or for the assertion of a privilege.
2 a: funds given for the permanent support of an institution: endowment
b: an organization or institution established by endowment with provision for future maintenance
foun·da·tion·al adj

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

foundation
I (basis) noun base, bedrock, beginning, cornerstone, frame, framework, fundamenta, fundamental principle, groundwork, keystone, origin, premise, root, rudiment, sedes, skeleton, substructure, support, supporting structure, underlying principle, underpinning associated concepts: foundation for evidence, foundation of a claim, foundation of a lien, laying a.foundation for a document II (organization) noun association, charitable institution, charity, conlegium, eleemosynary corporation, endowed institution, endowment, establishment, fund invested for a charitable purpose, institute, institution, organization to aid the needy, organized body for charity, philanthropic institution, sodalitas associated concepts: charitable foundation, not-for-profit organization III index assumption (supposition), basis, building (business of assembling), cause (reason), cornerstone, corporation, creation, criterion, derivation, facility (institution), formation, fund, genesis, ground, institute, mainstay, nascency, onset (commencement), organization (association), origin (source), origination, outset, postulate, preamble, precedent, preparation, principle (axiom), reason (basis), source, stare decisis, start

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


foundation
n.
(1) The lowest part of a building that supports the weight of the entire structure.
(2) The establishment of an institution, hospital, charity, school, etc.
(3) A fund that supports an institution, hospital, charity, school, etc.
(4) Evidence and questions of a witness used to establish the relevance of other evidence, thus making it admissible.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


foundation
n. Of evidence, that it indicates or leads to the admissibility of other evidence; a nonprofit organization created to fund or promote charitable causes.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


foundation
A permanent fund established and maintained by contributions for charitable, educational, religious, research, or other benevolent purposes. An institution or association given to rendering financial aid to colleges, schools, hospitals, and charities and generally supported by gifts for such purposes.
The founding or building of a college or hospital. The incorporation or endowment of a college or hospital is the foundation, and those who endow it with land or other property are the founders.
Preliminary questions to a witness to establish admissibility of evidence. Laying a foundation is a prerequisite to the admission of evidence at trial. It is established by testimony that identifies the evidence sought to be admitted and connects it with the issue in question.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


foundation
A permanent fund established and maintained by contributions for charitable, educational, religious, research, or other benevolent purposes. An institution or association given to rendering financial aid to colleges, schools, hospitals, and charities and generally supported by gifts for such purposes.
 
The founding or building of a college or hospital. The incorporation or endowment of a college or hospital is the foundation, and those who endow it with land or other property are the founders.
 
Preliminary questions to a witness to establish admissibility of evidence. Laying a foundation is a prerequisite to the admission of evidence at trial. It is established by testimony that identifies the evidence sought to be admitted and connects it with the issue in question.

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