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A word used when you agree with something; or when you want to recognize someone for being themselves, i.e. courageous and unique or not caring what others think. Especially common in online political slang.

The opposite of cringe, some times the opposite of biased.

The latter usage is the original use as coined by rapper Lil B, and the word originally took off on the meta-ironic website 4Chan with the latter meaning. For that reason the word is largely used meta-ironically (without context you can't tell if it's being used ironically or sincerely as it's used in both ways) and was popularized in online political slang of conservatives and the political right before being adopted into mainstream online political slang (likely through shitposting websites or subreddits such as r/politicalcompass memes that are similar to 4chan in their meta-irony and "edginess" but contain a wider variety of political beliefs) and eventually adopted into general online vernacular.

When used in online political language it can mean "based in fact" or the opposite of biased due to the number of people who saw it being first used seriously by the online political right and came to the conclusion that is was related to the phrase "destroyed with facts and logic" in reference to right wing personality Ben Shapiro.
Example 1: meta-ironic

Shitposter: Posts gif of funny monkey Return to monke
Commentor: Based

Example 2: meta-ironic
4chan Anon 1: I'm going to commit hate crimes
4chan Anon 2: Based

Example 3: Politics
Leftist 1: There is no ethical consumption under capitalism.
Leftist 2: Based.
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Paper product used as a barrier against unwanted messes, such as the liner at the bottom of a bird cage.
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the 8 ball jacket slap is still the most based thing on the internet
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Is when you dont care what people think
its a way of life
Doing what you want
how u want
wearing what u want
the LV book bag looks gay on you
idc im based
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To be yourself regardless if you or your beliefs are or are not the most popular.
Steve: Man, even though I’m getting ratio’d on twitter, and I’m getting cancelled, I still ain’t gonna apologize to these snowflakes.

Jake: Based. Very, very based.
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Agreement to a statement, often one of political ideology.
Comparable to the statement "This is good, I agree"
"Hey mabye billionaires shouldnt be a thing we let happen"
"Based"
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#Based is all about being yourself and not caring what anybody else thinks. If you followed Lil B The BasedGod on twitter you'd know he's actually a very deep person who constantly talks about being yourself and staying positive. People like myself know what he's doing. He could have easily follow the other thousands of rappers that try to sound like lil Wayne but he didn't.
Your pink G-Shock makes you look gay. IDC im based
by Lil G The RareBased May 30, 2011
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