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ˌfʌn dəˈmɛn tlfun·da·men·tal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fundamental(noun)

    any factor that could be considered important to the understanding of a particular business

    "fundamentals include a company's growth, revenues, earnings, management, and capital structure"

  2. fundamental, fundamental frequency, first harmonic(adj)

    the lowest tone of a harmonic series

  3. cardinal, central, fundamental, key, primal(adj)

    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"

  4. fundamental, rudimentary, underlying(adj)

    being or involving basic facts or principles

    "the fundamental laws of the universe"; "a fundamental incomatibility between them"; "these rudimentary truths"; "underlying principles"

  5. fundamental, profound(adj)

    far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect especially on the nature of something

    "the fundamental revolution in human values that has occurred"; "the book underwent fundamental changes"; "committed the fundamental error of confusing spending with extravagance"; "profound social changes"

Wiktionary

  1. fundamental(Noun)

    A leading or primary principle, rule, law, or article, which serves as the groundwork of a system; essential part, as, the fundamentals of linear algebra.

    Etymology: From fundamentalis, from fundamentum, from fundare, from fundus

  2. fundamental(Adjective)

    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.

    One of the fundamental reasons I can't give birth is that I am, in fact, a man.

    Etymology: From fundamentalis, from fundamentum, from fundare, from fundus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fundamental(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. fondamental.]

  2. Fundamental(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. fondamental.]

Freebase

  1. Fundamental

    Fundamental is the ninth studio album by English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was released in May 2006 in the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, and Canada, and was released in late June 2006 in the United States. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number five on 28 May 2006. In the US the album peaked at #150 selling 7500 copies in its first week. As of April 2009 it had sold 46,000 copies in the US and 66,000 copies in the UK. Fundamental earned three Grammy nominations at the 2007 Grammy Awards for Best Dance/Electronic Album and Best Dance Recording with "I'm with Stupid" and 2008 for Best Dance Recording with "Minimal". The album was produced by the Pet Shop Boys and Trevor Horn and it features eleven new Pet Shop Boys compositions, and "Numb", written by Diane Warren. The liner notes show that the album is dedicated to two executed Iranian gay teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, who were hanged on 19 July 2005. Some reports have suggested the two may have been executed for engaging in homosexual behaviour, though the official Iranian report was that they were hanged for raping a 13-year-old boy. The album was critically acclaimed and went on to sell over 1 million copies worldwide.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fundamental

    fun-da-ment′al, adj. essential, basal, primary: important.—n. that which serves as a groundwork: an essential.—ns. Fund′ament, the lower part or seat of the body; Fundamental′ity.—adv. Fundament′ally. [Fr.,—L. fundamentum, fundāre, to found.]

Editors Contribution

  1. fundamental

    Accurate and required for an animal, human being, structure or system to ensure it is exact and complete.

    The fundamental facets of the system are there, it is just a matter of changing the amount.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 26, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fundamental' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2263

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fundamental' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3540

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fundamental' in Adjectives Frequency: #299

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fundamental in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fundamental in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of fundamental in a Sentence

  1. Craig Federighi:

    At Apple Pay, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right, we don't think you should have to make a tradeoff between great features and privacy. We believe you deserve both.

  2. State John Kerry:

    We reiterated America's fundamental support for negotiations and a peaceful resolution based on the rule of law as well as our concern about any unilateral steps by any party ... to alter the status quo.

  3. Scott Lynn:

    Our fundamental belief is that this is a very interesting asset class, which historically has been traded by the ultra-wealthy for hundreds of years, but the only way to really invest in art has been to purchase a painting. Masterworks is the first platform that allows anyone to really invest in these great works of art.

  4. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    The time for squeezing, squeezing, squeezing is over, we're going to need to look at our fundamental defense strategy and our national security strategy and ask ourselves difficult questions about what we can't do or can't do to the extent this country has become accustomed.

  5. Thomas Wolfe:

    Le Corbusier was the sort of relentlessly rational intellectual that only France loves wholeheartedly, the logician who flies higher and higher in ever-decreasing circles until, with one last, utterly inevitable induction, he disappears up his own fundamental aperture and emerges in the fourth dimension as a needle-thin umber bird.

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    a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process
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