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Adjective: fundamental  ,fún-du'men-tul
  1. Serving as an essential component
    "an example that was fundamental to the argument"; "computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure";
    - cardinal, central, key, primal
     
  2. Being or involving basic facts or principles
    "the fundamental laws of the universe"; "a fundamental incomatibility between them";
    - rudimentary, underlying
     
  3. 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
Noun: fundamental  ,fún-du'men-tul
  1. 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. The lowest tone of a harmonic series
    - fundamental frequency, first harmonic

Derived forms: fundamentals

See also: basic, important, of import, significant

Type of: factor, harmonic

Encyclopedia: Fundamental