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How would you interpret the 'as' in 'based as it is on...' in the following sentence? Can 'as' in this usage be equivalent to either 'though' or 'because' in meaning, depending on the context?

(1) There remain ample grounds for judges to continue to sustain a belief in the common understanding doctrine as applied to eyewitness behavior, based as it is on the two premises.

In other words, can the relevant part be paraphrased as either of the following?

(2) a. ... because it is based on the two premises
b. ... though is is based on the two premises

When I google-searched for this expression, I hit a lot of them. Is 'based as it is on...' commonly used? And if so, which of the two meanings ('because' and 'though') does it more likely have?

Thank you for your help.

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Of the hundreds of examples of "based as it is on..." that turned up on a Google search, I found no instances of meaning relation other than cause-effect ("because/since...").

A Google search uncovers more examples of cause-effect.

She was kicked in the head by your horse, Sherbert, though I'm sure that no blame can be attached to Sherbert, frightened as he was by the fire in the barn.

Tired as he was, he was quickly fast asleep.

This same kind of grammatical device can signal a contrast, however, as in

Frightened as he was, he walked into the darkness

Tired as he was, he kept driving through the storm

The context makes it clear which interpretation is intended by the writer.

Marilyn Martin

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