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Meaning & Definition of Fundamental in English

English

Fundamental

/fəndəmɛntəl/

noun

1. Any factor that could be considered important to the understanding of a particular business

  • "Fundamentals include a company's growth, revenues, earnings, management, and capital structure"
    synonym:
  • fundamental

2. The lowest tone of a harmonic series

    synonym:
  • fundamental
  • ,
  • fundamental frequency
  • ,
  • first harmonic

adjective

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"
    synonym:
  • cardinal
  • ,
  • central
  • ,
  • fundamental
  • ,
  • key
  • ,
  • primal

2. Being or involving basic facts or principles

  • "The fundamental laws of the universe"
  • "A fundamental incomatibility between them"
  • "These rudimentary truths"
  • "Underlying principles"
    synonym:
  • fundamental
  • ,
  • rudimentary
  • ,
  • underlying

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"
    synonym:
  • fundamental
  • ,
  • profound

Examples of using

This is a fundamental question.
To me, there aren't any fundamental differences between the cultures of these two countries.
However, in China, they don't use a word for "human rights," but instead express it as "fundamental rights".