The cornerstones of a society are the things that are fundamental to that society. These things include the laws, the culture, and the people.

  • The cornerstone of democracy is the right to vote.

  • The cornerstone of the American way of life is freedom.

Definition of cornerstones


the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained


base, basis, foundation, fundament, groundwork


a stone at the outer corner of two intersecting masonry walls


a stone in the exterior of a large and important building; usually carved with a date and laid with appropriate ceremonies

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Example Sentences for cornerstones

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    The laying of the cornerstone was in May 1994.

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    The principle of actualism is the cornerstone of paleoecology.

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    They are one of the cornerstones of mens footwear.

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    Interpretation of the law is the cornerstone of our society.

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    The cornerstone of the male partner evaluation is the history.

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    On the reverse side is the cornerstone of a previous location of the cathedral.

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    Crop rotation is the cornerstone pest control in the tropics.

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    The magazine is the cornerstone for influential women of the two Laredos.

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    The original cornerstone was placed with George Washington's trowel.

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    The studio became the cornerstone for professionals in the following years.