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. 1. Essential. 2. Elementary.
  11. Pertaining to or serving for the foundation: essential: important.
  12. That which serves as a foundation or groundwork: an essential.
  13. Pertaining to the foundation; essential.
  14. Relating to or constituting a foundation; indispensable; basal.
  15. A foundation; a necessary truth; an essential.
  16. Pertaining to or serving for the foundation or basis; primary; radical; essential.
  17. 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.
  18. Serving for the foundation; essential; primary; leading.
  19. A leading or primary principle orr article; essential.

Quotes of fundamental

  1. New drugs and surgical techniques offer promise in the fight against cancer, Alzheimer's, tuberculosis, AIDS, and a host of other life -threatening diseases. Animal research has been, and continues to be, fundamental to advancements in medicine. – Daniel Akaka
  2. The fundamental sense of freedom is freedom from chains, from imprisonment, from enslavement by others. The rest is extension of this sense, or else metaphor. – Isaiah Berlin
  3. Use of a mentally ill person's involuntary confession is antithetical to the notion of fundamental fairness embodied in the due process clause. – William J. Brennan, Jr.
  4. I thought that in general we in the United States were too optimistic in believing that the Soviets might alter what had been for a long time, as a matter of fact for centuries, fundamental Russian policies in respect to the rest of the world. – David Bruce
  5. The second is the structure and source of cults. They have always haunted me, and I wanted to explore the fundamental notion of giving up responsibility to an outside power. – Katherine Dunn
  6. However, I think the major opposition to ecology has deeper roots than mere economics; ecology threatens widely held values so fundamental that they must be called religious. – Garrett Hardin
  7. I also believe that it is time to begin the fundamental analysis of how we got here, what led us here and what we need to do in order to ensure that we are equipped with the best possible intelligence as we face these issues in the future. – David Kay
  8. The game of golf doesn't come rushing back to you. Last week I made a couple of fundamental mistakes that I probably wouldn't have made in the heat of the battle back when I was in my heyday, and those things have got to come back. – Greg Norman
  9. The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics. – Bertrand Russell
  10. The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society, is that they want their children to be a credit to them. – Bertrand Russell
  11. Motherhood change me because it is so fundamental what you're doing for another person. And you are able to do even though it takes a lot. – Meg Ryan
  12. In fact, a fundamental interdependence exists between the personal right to liberty and the personal right to property. – Potter Stewart
  13. Macroeconomic policy can never be devoid of politics: it involves fundamental trade -offs and affects different groups differently. – Joseph Stiglitz
  14. Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas. – Alfred North Whitehead
  15. The threat to free television. The reason television is free is because it is a life support system for commercials. That fundamental aspect is about to change. – Dick Wolf

Usage examples for fundamental

  1. His early writings reveal the fundamental principles of his subsequent literary work. – Jewish Literature and Other Essays by Gustav Karpeles
  2. There are six fundamental solutions, and no more, as shown in the six diagrams. – Amusements in Mathematics by Henry Ernest Dudeney
  3. Those who knew him best bear the strongest testimony to the fundamental goodness of his heart. – Dr. Johnson and His Circle by John Bailey
  4. These two propositions are fundamental in the mensuration of the prism. – The Teaching of Geometry by David Eugene Smith
  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. 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
  7. 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
  8. The constitution contains the fundamental law of the land. – Government and Administration of the United States by Westel W. Willoughby and William F. Willoughby
  9. Religion is the immediate cause of the trouble; absence of popular control the fundamental cause. – The Framework of Home Rule by Erskine Childers
  10. 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
  11. Fundamental instincts vaguely warned him that love's altar must be approached with gifts. – The Mettle of the Pasture by James Lane Allen
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. It is a vital and fundamental doctrine. – Orthodoxy: Its Truths And Errors by James Freeman Clarke
  15. You can't believe until some fundamental change takes place in your mind. – The Shadow World by Hamlin Garland
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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