ground 1 n1: the foundation or basis on which knowledge, belief, or conviction rests: a premise, reason, or collection of data upon which something (as a legal action or argument) relies for validitysued the city on the ground that the city...had wrongfully released...records — City of Lawton v. Moore, 868 P.2d 690 (1993)listed adultery and alcoholism as the ground s for divorce2: a piece or parcel of landthe design being to create high ground for use during overflow periods — Bright v. Perkins, 239 S.W.2d 281 (1951)a sudden disruption of a piece of ground from one man's land — Porter v. Arkansas Western Gas Co., 482 S.W.2d 598 (1972)ground·less adjground·less·ly advground·less·ness nground 2 vt: to furnish a ground for: set on a basisthat court ground ed the disclosure requirement in negligence law — Scott v. Bradford, 606 P.2d 554 (1979)an argument ground ed on erroneous assumptions
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
assumption, backbone, base, basis, causa, cause, cause for complaint, cause for protest, complaint, criticism, data, evidence, fact, footing, foundation, grave injustice, gross wrong, inequity, infliction, iniquity, injury, injustice, justification, motive, objection, oppression, oppressive act, origin, outrage, premise, principle, proof, purpose, ratio, rationale, reason, resentment, root, support, supposition, unjust deed, unjustness, wrong
associated concepts: cause of action, general grounds, good and sufficient grounds, ground for complaint, ground of action, grounds of belief, meritorious grounds, reasonable grounds
assumption (supposition), basis, cause (reason), cause of action, contention (argument), derivation, fix (make firm), gist (ground for a suit), instill, parcel, plant (place firmly), plot (land), point (item), position (situation), property (land), rationale, real estate, reason (basis)
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006