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superstructure

su·per·struc·ture

superstructure

 
pronunciation:
su pr struhk chr
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a structure or part of a structure built upon something else, such as the part of a building above its foundation or the part of a ship above the main deck.
The hurricane caused damage to the superstructure of the new library but the foundations remained intact.
antonyms:
substructure
definition 2: a construct, system, or institution that has developed out of or is based upon more fundamental ideas.
The legal superstructure is based on the concept of the individual having certain natural rights.
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derivation: superstructural (adj.)
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