Etymology
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footing (n.)

late 13c., "a base, foundation;" late 14c., "position of the feet on the ground, stance," a gerundive formation from foot (n.). Figurative meaning "firm or secure position" is from 1580s; that of "condition on which anything is established" is from 1650s.

updated on December 17, 2014

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Definitions of footing from WordNet

footing (n.)
status with respect to the relations between people or groups;
on a friendly footing
Synonyms: terms
footing (n.)
a relation that provides the foundation for something;
they were on a friendly footing
Synonyms: basis / ground
footing (n.)
a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing;
Synonyms: foothold
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