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Definition 1: the lowest tone of a harmonic series - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for fundamental in the sense of this definition

(fundamental is a kind of ...) a tone that is a component of a complex sound

Definition 2: any factor that could be considered important to the understanding of a particular business - [noun denoting event]

Samples where fundamental or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fundamentals include a company's growth, revenues, earnings, management, and capital structure

(fundamental is a kind of ...) anything that contributes causally to a result

"a number of factors determined the outcome"

Definition 3: being or involving basic facts or principles - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where fundamental or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the fundamental laws of the universe
  • a fundamental incompatibility between them
  • these rudimentary truths
  • underlying principles

Synonyms for fundamental in the sense of this definition

(fundamental is similar to ...) pertaining to or constituting a base or basis

"a basic fact" "the basic ingredients" "basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities"

Definition 4: serving as an essential component - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where fundamental or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a cardinal rule
  • the central cause of the problem
  • an example that was fundamental to the argument
  • computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure

Synonyms for fundamental in the sense of this definition

(fundamental is similar to ...) of great significance or value

"important people" "the important questions of the day"

Definition 5: far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect especially on the nature of something - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where fundamental or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for fundamental in the sense of this definition

(fundamental is similar to ...) important in effect or meaning

"a significant change in tax laws" "a significant change in the Constitution" "a significant contribution" "significant details" "statistically significant"

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