1. the land around a dwelling house or other building
⇒ the palace grounds, ⇒ the grounds of the University, ⇒ They were playing in the school grounds.
3. reason; justification
⇒ The court ruled that surgeons should have sought permission for the surgery, even
if there were medical grounds., ⇒ The court overturned that decision on the grounds that the Prosecution had withheld
crucial evidence., ⇒ The hospital was closed in 1989 on economic grounds., ⇒ We've got grounds for complaint., ⇒ We have grounds for believing they are trading illegally., ⇒ She had been freed on humanitarian grounds., ⇒ Surely these statistics give grounds for optimism., ⇒ In the interview he gave some grounds for optimism., ⇒ She cited adultery as grounds for divorce., ⇒ They had no legal grounds for claiming compensation., ⇒ Owen was against it, on the grounds of expense., ⇒ He resigned on the grounds of ill health., ⇒ She pleaded guilty to murder on grounds of diminished responsibility., ⇒ He rejected this idea on the grounds that it would be unworkable., ⇒ The court overturned the decision on the grounds that the prosecution had withheld
crucial evidence., ⇒ They oppose the minimum wage on the grounds that it would prevent employers from taking
on new staff.
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