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fundamental

fun·da·men·tal

fundamental

 
pronunciation:
fuhn d men tl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: serving as a foundation; basic; central.
Ability to read is fundamental to getting an education.You need a fundamental understanding of physics to study astronomy.
 
synonyms:
basic, central, elementary, foundational, primary, underlying
antonyms:
ancillary, peripheral, secondary
similar words:
bottom, cardinal, chief, crucial, essential, key, main, major, prime, principal, rudimentary, true, ultimate
definition 2: of or relating to essential purpose or function.
The company made a fundamental change in direction.
synonyms:
basic, essential, key
antonyms:
extraneous, minor
similar words:
bottom, intrinsic, radical, substantial, vital
definition 3: of a musical chord, having its lowest note as the basis or root.
similar words:
tonic
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a basic principle of a framework, system, process, or the like.
Good musical composition is based on a knowledge of fundamentals.That words can be used to describe things that are not physically present is one of the fundamentals of a system of language.
synonyms:
ABC's, basics, cornerstone, element, essential, keystone, necessary, primary, principle, requisite
similar words:
axiom, basis, foundation, nitty-gritty, postulate, sine qua non
derivation: fundamentally (adv.)
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