Definitions of fundamental

  1. serving as an essential component; " a cardinal rule"; " the central cause of the problem"; " an example that was fundamental to the argument"; " computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure"
  2. the lowest tone of a harmonic series
  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 social changes"
  4. being or involving basic facts or principles; " the fundamental laws of the universe"; " a fundamental incompatibility between them"; " these rudimentary truths"; " underlying principles"
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Serving as a foundation or basis; essential; primary.
  8. A primary or necessary principle.
  9. Fundamentally.
  10. Pertaining to or serving for the foundation: essential: important.
  11. That which serves as a foundation or groundwork: an essential.
  12. Pertaining to the foundation; essential.
  13. Relating to or constituting a foundation; indispensable; basal.
  14. Pertaining to or serving for the foundation or basis; primary; radical; essential.
  15. A primary or radical principle; that which serves as the groundwork of a system; an essential. Fundamental base, that part in musical harmony which sustains the chord; in the natural position of the chord, the lowest part.
  16. Serving for the foundation; essential; primary; leading.
  17. A leading or primary principle orr article; essential.

Usage examples for fundamental

  1. Those who knew him best bear the strongest testimony to the fundamental goodness of his heart. – Dr. Johnson and His Circle by John Bailey
  2. You can't believe until some fundamental change takes place in your mind. – The Shadow World by Hamlin Garland
  3. There are six fundamental solutions, and no more, as shown in the six diagrams. – Amusements in Mathematics by Henry Ernest Dudeney
  4. Religion is the immediate cause of the trouble; absence of popular control the fundamental cause. – The Framework of Home Rule by Erskine Childers
  5. One may discern, however, a curious contradiction between the superficial consequences of the crisis, as described by Bagot, and the fundamental changes the beginnings of which he was able to trace in the months which followed. – British Supremacy & Canadian Self-Government 1839-1854 by J. L. Morison
  6. This notion, simple as it is, is of fundamental importance in all branches of science. – An Elementary Course in Synthetic Projective Geometry by Lehmer, Derrick Norman
  7. This method cannot be expected to show up minor or secondary errors but it will bring to light any fundamental or serious discrepancies. – The Aboriginal Population of the San Joaquin Valley, California by Sherburne F. Cook
  8. Notwithstanding my lack of sympathy with her in the things most fundamental, she had confidence that the tide would turn with me. – Out of the Fog by C. K. Ober
  9. There are two great causes at work, which in their consequences run out into many details, but which in their fundamental nature may be briefly described. – The English Constitution by Walter Bagehot
  10. They agreed upon a fundamental law for Parliamentary reform, to which they gave the name of " The People's Charter." – Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland by Henry B. Stanton
  11. To carry out this principle it was a fundamental rule that the Bible must be read without note or comment in all the schools. – Ireland In The New Century by Horace Plunkett
  12. Counsel urged the Court that the tax scattered to the winds the fundamental principles of the rights of private property. – The United States Since The Civil War by Charles Ramsdell Lingley
  13. See above, No. 6. The errors of the Corinthians were not fundamental, like those of the Galatians. – Companion to the Bible by E. P. Barrows
  14. These two propositions are fundamental in the mensuration of the prism. – The Teaching of Geometry by David Eugene Smith
  15. His early writings reveal the fundamental principles of his subsequent literary work. – Jewish Literature and Other Essays by Gustav Karpeles
  16. There is a fundamental discord between every such system, however it may call itself Christian, and Christ. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
  17. There are certain points which may be considered as fundamental, without which the most rigid attention to matters of dress will go for nothing. – Routledge's Manual of Etiquette by George Routledge