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Definition of superstructure noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a structure that is built on top of something, for example the upper parts of a ship or the part of a building above the ground compare substructure
  2. 2(formal) the systems and beliefs in a society that have developed from more simple ones the relationship between the economic base of society and the political superstructure of power
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: superstructure