fundamental

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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From Late Latin fundamentalis, from Latin fundamentum (foundation), from fundare (to lay the foundation (of something), to found), from fundus (bottom)

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  • (file)

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fundamental (plural fundamentals)

  1. A leading or primary principle, rule, law, or article, which serves as the groundwork of a system; essential part, as, the fundamentals of linear algebra.

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fundamental (comparative more fundamental, superlative most fundamental)

  1. Pertaining to the foundation or basis; serving for the foundation. Hence: 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”, 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[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From fundament +‎ -al.

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

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fundamental (neuter fundamentalt, definite and plural fundamentale)

  1. basic, fundamental

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Galician[edit]

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fundamental m, f (plural fundamentais)

  1. fundamental

German[edit]

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From Latin fundāmentālis. Fundament +‎ -al.

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  • IPA(key): [fʊndamɛnˈtaːl]

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fundamental (comparative fundamentaler, superlative am fundamentalsten)

  1. fundamental

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Portuguese[edit]

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fundamental m, f (plural fundamentais; uncomparable)

  1. fundamental

Romanian[edit]

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From French fondamental, from Latin fundamentalis

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fundamental 4 nom/acc forms

  1. fundamental

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fundamental m, f (plural fundamentales)

  1. fundamental

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