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Definition of FUNDAMENTAL

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Fundamental \Fun"da*men`tal\, n.
     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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Fundamental \Fun`da*men"tal\, a. [Cf. F. fondamental.] 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. [1913 Webster]

           The fundamental reasons of this war.     --Shak. [1913 Webster]

           Some fundamental antithesis in nature.   --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

     {Fundamental bass} (Mus.), the root note of a chord; a bass formed of the roots or fundamental tones of the chords.

     {Fundamental chord} (Mus.), a chord, the lowest tone of which is its root.

     {Fundamental colors}, red, green, and violet-blue. See {Primary colors}, under {Color}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

239 Moby Thesaurus words for "fundamental": AF, ab ovo, abecedarian, aboriginal, antenatal, audio frequency, austere, autochthonous, axiom, bare, basal, base, basement, basic, basilar, basis, bearing wall, bed, bedding, bedrock, beginning, bench mark, bottom, budding, cardinal, cardinal point, center, central, chaste, chief thing, climax, component, constituent, constitutional, constitutive, core, cornerstone, creative, crisis, critical, critical point, crucial, crux, dominant, element, elemental, elementary, elements, elixir, embryonic, essence, essential, essential matter, factor, fetal, first, floor, flooring, flower, focal, focus, fond, footing, formative, foundation, foundational, frequency, fundament, fundamental tone, generative, genetic, germinal, gestatory, gist, grammar, gravamen, great point, ground, grounds, groundwork, gut, hardpan, harmonic, heart, high point, homely, homespun, homogeneous, hypostasis, important, important thing, in embryo, in its infancy, in ovo, in the bud, inaugural, inceptive, inchoate, inchoative, incipient, incunabular, indispensable, indivisible, infant, infantile, inherent, initial, initiative, initiatory, inner essence, intonation, intrinsic, introductory, inventive, irreducible, issue, kernel, keystone, landmark, law, life-and-death, life-or-death, main, main point, main thing, marrow, material, material point, meat, mere, milestone, monolithic, monotone, monotony, nascent, natal, necessary, needful, nub, nucleus, nuts and bolts, of a piece, of the essence, of vital importance, organic, original, overtone, paramount, part and parcel, partial, partial tone, parturient, pavement, pitch, pith, pivot, plain, postnatal, postulate, pregnant, prenatal, primal, primary, prime, primeval, primitive, primogenial, primordial, principal, principium, principle, principles, pristine, procreative, protogenic, pure, pure and simple, quid, quiddity, quintessence, quintessential, radical, real issue, requisite, riprap, rock bottom, rudiment, rudimental, rudimentary, rudiments, rule, salient point, sap, seat, seminal, severe, sill, simon-pure, simple, sine qua non, single, solid ground, solid rock, soul, spare, spirit, stark, stereobate, stuff, stylobate, substance, substantial, substantive, substantive point, substratum, substruction, substructure, terra firma, the bottom line, the nitty-gritty, the point, theorem, tone, tonelessness, turning point, unadorned, uncluttered, underbuilding, undercarriage, undergirding, underlying, underpinning, understruction, understructure, undifferenced, undifferentiated, uniform, ur, vital


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