A set with a partial order defined on its elements is said to be well-founded if for every subset there is a minimal element under the relation. If the order relation on the set is a total order then this condition is equivalent to it being well-ordered.
For example, any group of people ordered by their age in years is well-founded, since there will always be at least one person not older than anyone else in the group.
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