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Definitions of fundamental

  1. the lowest tone of a harmonic series Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A leading or primary principle, rule, law, or article, which serves as the groundwork of a system; essential part, as, the fundamentals of the Christian faith. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A primary or necessary principle. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. That which serves as a foundation or groundwork: an essential. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. A primary or radical principle; that which serves as the groundwork of a system; an essential. Fundamental base, that part in musical harmony which sustains the chord; in the natural position of the chord, the lowest part. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. A leading or primary principle orr article; essential. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. Fundamentally. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. serving as an essential component; "a cardinal rule"; "the central cause of the problem"; "an example that was fundamental to the argument"; "computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. being or involving basic facts or principles; "the fundamental laws of the universe"; "a fundamental incompatibility between them"; "these rudimentary truths"; "underlying principles" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. Pertaining to the foundation or basis; serving for the foundation. Hence: Essential, as an element, principle, or law; important; original; elementary; as, a fundamental truth; a fundamental axiom. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Serving as a foundation or basis; essential; primary. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Pertaining to or serving for the foundation: essential: important. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Pertaining to the foundation; essential. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. Relating to or constituting a foundation; indispensable; basal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Pertaining to or serving for the foundation or basis; primary; radical; essential. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. Serving for the foundation; essential; primary; leading. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for fundamental

  1. Those who knew him best bear the strongest testimony to the fundamental goodness of his heart. – Dr. Johnson and His Circle by John Bailey
  2. You can't believe until some fundamental change takes place in your mind. – The Shadow World by Hamlin Garland
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