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fundamental

[ fuhn-duh-men-tl ]SEE DEFINITION OF fundamental
  • adj.basic, important
  • nounbasic, essential part

Synonyms for fundamental

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Antonyms for fundamental

  • accessory
  • auxiliary
  • extrinsic
  • inessential
  • insignificant
  • learned
  • least
  • lesser
  • minor
  • needless
  • nonessential
  • secondary
  • trivial
  • unimportant
  • unnecessary
  • additional
  • advanced
  • extra
  • subordinate
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FUNDAMENTAL

For once, he was revealing that fundamental egotism which is the characteristic of all his kind.

The fundamental element and special glory of popular literature.

In literary affairs, to become the fundamental element in a cone of critics.

But it can do something, and that something is vital and fundamental.

A submission to the will of the majority is a fundamental principle of our institutions.

The nervous system is the fundamental fact of our earthly life.

This is the fundamental thing to be remembered when considering the art of poetry as such.

The differences between woman and man are deep and fundamental.

Now, we cannot get away from a difference so fundamental, so primordial as this.

These phenomena are of fundamental importance in the question of the sexual appetite.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "primary, original, pertaining to a foundation," modeled on Late Latin fundamentalis "of the foundation," from Latin fundamentum "foundation" (see fundament). Fundamentals "primary principles or rules" of anything is from 1630s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FUNDAMENTAL

axiom

nounprinciple
  • adage
  • aphorism
  • apothegm
  • device
  • dictum
  • fundamental
  • law
  • maxim
  • moral
  • postulate
  • precept
  • proposition
  • proverb
  • saying
  • theorem
  • truism
  • truth

axiomatic

adjectiveunderstood; aphoristic

basal

adjectivebasic
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