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fundamental

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adjective fun·da·men·tal \ˌfən-də-ˈmen-təl\

Definition of fundamental

  1. 1a :  serving as an original or generating source :  primary a discovery fundamental to modern computersb :  serving as a basis supporting existence or determining essential structure or function :  basic Responsibility is fundamental to democracy. The Constitution ensures our fundamental rights.

  2. 2a :  of or relating to essential structure, function, or facts :  radical fundamental change; also :  of or dealing with general principles rather than practical application fundamental scienceb :  adhering to fundamentalism a preacher who is evangelical, Bible-teaching, and fundamental

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or produced by the lowest component of a complex vibration (see vibration 1)

  4. 4 :  of central importance :  principal fundamental purpose such fundamental events as birth, marriage, and death

  5. 5 :  belonging to one's innate or ingrained characteristics :  deep-rooted her fundamental good humor

fundamentally

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Examples of fundamental in a Sentence

  1. The Constitution ensures our fundamental rights.

  2. There's a fundamental difference between these two political parties.

  3. These ideas are of fundamental importance.

  4. The revolution brought about a fundamental change in the country.

  5. We need to make some fundamental changes in the way we do business.

  6. We need to address these problems on a more fundamental level.

Recent Examples of fundamental from the Web

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First Known Use of fundamental

15th century

Synonym Discussion of fundamental

essential, fundamental, vital, cardinal mean so important as to be indispensable. essential implies belonging to the very nature of a thing and therefore being incapable of removal without destroying the thing itself or its character. conflict is essential in drama fundamental applies to something that is a foundation without which an entire system or complex whole would collapse. fundamental principles of algebra vital suggests something that is necessary to a thing's continued existence or operation. cut off from vital supplies cardinal suggests something on which an outcome turns or depends. a cardinal rule in buying a home

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fundamental

noun fun·da·men·tal

Definition of fundamental

  1. 1 :  something fundamental; especially :  one of the minimum constituents without which a thing or a system would not be what it is

  2. 2a :  the principal musical tone produced by vibration (as of a string or column of air) on which a series of higher harmonics is basedb :  the root of a chord

  3. 3 :  the harmonic component of a complex wave that has the lowest frequency and commonly the greatest amplitude

Recent Examples of fundamental from the Web

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First Known Use of fundamental

1637


FUNDAMENTAL Defined for English Language Learners

fundamental

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adjective

Definition of fundamental for English Language Learners

  • : forming or relating to the most important part of something

  • : of or relating to the basic structure or function of something

fundamental

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Definition of fundamental for English Language Learners

  • : one of the basic and important parts of something : a fundamental part


FUNDAMENTAL Defined for Kids

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fundamental

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adjective fun·da·men·tal \ˌfən-də-ˈmen-təl\

Definition of fundamental for Students

  1. :  being or forming a foundation :  basic, essential The discovery was fundamental to science. our fundamental rights

fundamentally

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fundamental

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noun fun·da·men·tal

Definition of fundamental for Students

  1. :  a basic part the fundamentals of arithmetic


Medical Dictionary

fundamental

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noun fun·da·men·tal \ˌfən-də-ˈment-əl\

Medical Definition of fundamental

  1. :  the principal musical tone produced by vibration (as of a string or column of air) on which a series of higher overtones is based



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