framework noun

ADJ. basic, broad, general | wider The needs of individual schools need to be considered in a wider framework. | existing | flexible | comprehensive | coherent | analytical, conceptual, theoretical | legal, political | administrative, management, policy | economic, financial | chronological, historical Carbon dating provides the archaeologist with a basic chronological framework.

VERB + FRAMEWORK establish, have, set They established a basic framework of ground rules for discussions. | offer (sb), provide (sb with)

PREP. outside a/the ~ Negotiations were also conducted outside the framework of the treaty talks proper. | within a/the ~ The committee will work within the framework of certain broad objectives. | ~ for a legal framework for the regulation of public access to databases