fun·​da·​men·​tal·​ly ˌfən-də-ˈmen-tᵊl-ē How to pronounce fundamentally (audio)
: with regard to what is basic, essential, or fundamental : at a fundamental level
a fundamentally honest person
a fundamentally new/different approach
Most theories of the internal structure of Venus begin with the assumption that the planet is fundamentally similar to the earth …Andrew and Louise Young
: in a basic or fundamental manner
This "disposable" work force is the most important trend in business today, and it is fundamentally changing the relationship between Americans and their jobs.Janice Castro

Examples of fundamentally in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, yes, certainly this story explores the fundamentally unspeakable mysteries of human personalities in conjunction with one another, especially after some sort of gigantic event in a life, not unlike an earthquake, which heaves things about and rearranges them. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024 The conjecture suggests easy and hard problems for computers are fundamentally different. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Apr. 2024 Dorn fundamentally believes parents are taking this strict approach out of love and concern. Beth Ann Mayer, Parents, 12 Apr. 2024 Because while this alternate future derives considerable impact from planting roots in reality, what the director has delivered is less about political commentary or issuing some kind of warning but rather, fundamentally, a horror movie. Brian Lowry, CNN, 11 Apr. 2024 Though the book is ostensibly about basketball, There’s Always This Year is also fundamentally shaped by Abdurraqib’s keen eye toward social, political, and cultural dynamics, imbued with poetic pacing, musical allusions, and a vibrant mental map of his hometown. Hazlitt, 10 Apr. 2024 David Autor, an M.I.T. economist and tech skeptic, argues that A.I. is fundamentally different from past waves of computerization. Yiwen Lu, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2024 That will give them the space to continue to teach the most accurate, up-to-date version of U.S. History and prevent forces that fundamentally don’t understand the job of historians from shaping what American children learn about the past. TIME, 8 Apr. 2024 His compulsion to squabble is fundamentally social. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fundamentally was in the 15th century

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“Fundamentally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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