Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    When the foundation is weak, the structure falls. See 80 Mo. App. 115.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A weak foundation frustrates [or renders vain] the work [built upon it.] Shep. Touch. 60; Noy, Max. 5, max. 12; Finch, Law, b. 1, ch. 3. When the foundation falls, all goes to the ground; as, where the cause of action falls, the action Itself must of necessity fail. Wing, Max., 113, 114, max. 40; Broom, Max. 180.