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Webster 1913 Edition


Fundamental

Funˊda-men′tal

,
Adj.
[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.
The
fundamental
reasons of this war.
Shakespeare
Some
fundamental
antithesis in nature.
Whewell.
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
.

Fun′da-menˊtal

,
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
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Fundamental

FUNDAMENT'AL

,
Adj.
Pertaining to the foundation or basis; serving for the foundation. Hence, essential; important; as a fundamental truth or principle; a fundamental law; a fundamental sound or chord in music.

FUNDAMENT'AL

,
Noun.
A leading or primary principle, rule, law or article, which serves as the ground work of a system; essential part; as the fundamentals of the christian faith.

Definition 2022


fundamental

fundamental

English

Noun

fundamental (plural fundamentals)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) A leading or primary principle, rule, law, or article, which serves as the groundwork of a system; an essential part
    one of the fundamentals of linear algebra

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Adjective

fundamental (comparative more fundamental, superlative most fundamental)

  1. Pertaining to the foundation or basis; serving for the foundation.
  2. Essential, as an element, principle, or law; important; original; elementary.
    a fundamental truth;   a fundamental axiom
    A need for belonging seems fundamental to humans.
    • 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, Our banks are out of control”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21:
      Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic [].  Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. []  But the scandals kept coming, []. A broad section of the political class now recognises the need for change but remains unable to see the necessity of a fundamental overhaul. Instead it offers fixes and patches.

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Danish

Etymology

From fundament + -al.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fɔndaməntaːl/, [fɔnd̥amənˈtˢæːˀl]

Adjective

fundamental

  1. basic, fundamental

Inflection

Inflection of fundamental
Positive Comparative Superlative
Common singular fundamental 2
Neuter singular fundamentalt 2
Plural fundamentale 2
Definite attributive1 fundamentale
1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.

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Galician

Adjective

fundamental m, f (plural fundamentais)

  1. fundamental

German

Etymology

From Latin fundāmentālis. Fundament + -al.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [fʊndamɛnˈtaːl]

Adjective

fundamental (comparative fundamentaler, superlative am fundamentalsten)

  1. fundamental

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Portuguese

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˌfũ.da.mẽ.ˈtaw/, /fũ.ˌda.mẽ.ˈtaw/

Adjective

fundamental m, f (plural fundamentais, comparable)

  1. fundamental; essential (pertaining to the basic part or notion of something)

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Romanian

Etymology

From French fondamental, from Latin fundamentalis

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌfun.da.menˈtal/

Adjective

fundamental m, n (feminine singular fundamentală, masculine plural fundamentali, feminine and neuter plural fundamentale)

  1. fundamental

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Spanish

Adjective

fundamental m, f (plural fundamentales)

  1. fundamental

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