fundamental

[fuhn-duh-men-tl]
adjective
1.
serving as, or being an essential part of, a foundation or basis; basic; underlying: fundamental principles; the fundamental structure.
2.
of, pertaining to, or affecting the foundation or basis: a fundamental revision.
3.
being an original or primary source: a fundamental idea.
4.
Music. (of a chord) having its root as its lowest note.
noun
5.
a basic principle, rule, law, or the like, that serves as the groundwork of a system; essential part: to master the fundamentals of a trade.
6.
Also called fundamental note, fundamental tone. Music.
a.
the root of a chord.
b.
the generator of a series of harmonics.
7.
Physics. the component of lowest frequency in a composite wave.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin fundāmentālis of, belonging to a foundation. See fundament, -al1

fundamentality, fundamentalness, noun
fundamentally, adverb
nonfundamental, adjective, noun
nonfundamentally, adverb
unfundamental, adjective
unfundamentally, adverb


1. indispensable, primary.
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fundamental (ˌfʌndəˈmɛntəl)
 
adj
1.  of, involving, or comprising a foundation; basic
2.  of, involving, or comprising a source; primary
3.  music denoting or relating to the principal or lowest note of a harmonic series
4.  of or concerned with the component of lowest frequency in a complex vibration
 
n
5.  a principle, law, etc, that serves as the basis of an idea or system
6.  a.  the principal or lowest note of a harmonic series
 b.  the bass note of a chord in root position
7.  physics fundamental frequency, Also called: first harmonic
 a.  the component of lowest frequency in a complex vibration
 b.  the frequency of this component
 
fundamen'tality
 
n
 
funda'mentalness
 
n

fundamentally (ˌfʌndəˈmɛntəlɪ)
 
adv
1.  in a way that affects the basis or essentials; utterly: the terms of engagement have been fundamentally altered
2.  (sentence modifier) in essence; at heart: fundamentally, we want our lives to be safe

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fundamental
mid-15c., "primary, original, pertaining to a foundation," modeled on L.L. fundamentalis "of the foundation," from L. fundamentum "foundation" (see fundament). Related: Fundamentally. Fundamentals "primary principles or rules" of anything is from 1630s.
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Example sentences
Mead discovered that the two cultures possessed fundamentally different world
  views.
Then character, that it's fundamentally important to do what's right.
The next movies will be more about details but not fundamentally different.
Simple fact: fundamentally good people are using animals to do fundamentally
  good things.
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