Definition - Noun
1  : a basis upon which something stands or is supported
: 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 ~ for the orthopedic surgeon's familiarity with the...standard of care rendered the surgeon's opinion testimony inadmissible ­National 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
: See also endowment
b  : an organization or institution established by endowment with provision for future maintenance

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