Founding Father

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Found·ing Father

1. A member of the convention that drafted the US Constitution in 1787.
2. founding father A man who founds or establishes something.

founding father

(Historical Terms) (often capitals) a person who founds or establishes an important institution, esp a member of the US Constitutional Convention (1787)

Found′ing Fa′ther

1. one of the framers of the U.S. Constitution.
2. (often l.c.) a founder of an institution, company, etc.
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Noun1.Founding Father - a member of the Constitutional Convention that drafted the United States Constitution in 1787Founding Father - a member of the Constitutional Convention that drafted the United States Constitution in 1787
Constitutional Convention - the convention of United States statesmen who drafted the United States Constitution in 1787
national leader, solon, statesman - a man who is a respected leader in national or international affairs
2.Founding Father - a person who founds or establishes some institutionfounding father - a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country"
cofounder - one of a group of founders
coloniser, colonizer - someone who helps to found a colony
foundress - a woman founder
conceiver, mastermind, originator - someone who creates new things
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(faund) verb
1. to start or establish. The school was founded by the king.
2. (with on/upon) to base on. The story was founded upon fact.
founˈdation noun
1. the act of founding. the foundation of a new university.
2. the base on which something is built. First they laid the foundations, then they built the walls.
3. an amount of money to be used for a special purpose or the organization that manages it. The British Foundation for Cancer Research.
ˈfounder noun
a person who founds a school, college, organization etc. We commemorate the founder of the school.
ˈfounding noun
The founding of the organization took place a long time ago.
ˈfounding ˈfather noun
1. the first or one of the first founders of an organization, a school of thought etc. the founding father of psychoanalysis.
2. The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were the people who drew up its constitution.
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Minister of Economy Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri said the progress, openness and economic development the UAE enjoyed today was attributed to the huge efforts made by the late founding fathers of the nation.
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Consequently, during much of the revolution, Jefferson and other founding fathers were busy trying to stifle the liberation of slaves and protect the rights of their masters.
His richly theoretical examination of the "American Republic" reached a staggering conclusion: that Catholics could appreciate the logic of the American political order better even than the revered founding fathers, who had "built better than they knew.
In defining Du Bois' s project as an attempt to ascend to "the position of founding father," Sundquist places Du Bois within a framework reminiscent of and parallel to the American nationalist mythos, especially in light of the fact that the documents created by the actual Founding Fathers of the American Republic were some of the earliest harbingers of the discourse of the nation-state.
The founding fathers believed in their innovations with passion and vision, and learned the processes of innovation the hard way (with failures).
Minister of Economy, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, said the progress, openness and economic development the UAE enjoys today is attributed to the huge efforts made by the late founding fathers of the nation.
Founding Father Thomas Jefferson spoke highly of the efficient nature of entrepreneurial ventures saying, "Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.
Hirokazu Kanazawa was a close disciple of Gichin Funakoshi, considered by many to the founding father of the Shotokan school of karate.
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To uphold, preserve, and advance the philosophies of this enlightened founding father of our democracy, the AHA has provided the seed money for establishing Thomas Jefferson Societies on public-school campuses, and the association's board of directors has authorized me to proceed with the project.