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adjective fundamental pronunciation in American English /ˌfʌndəˈment(ə)l/
  1. 1
    relating to the basic nature or character of something
    a fundamental flaw/weakness (=something basic that is wrong): Some people see this as a fundamental flaw in his argument.
    fundamental changes: We’ll have to make some fundamental changes in the way we do business.
    fundamental difference: There was an even more fundamental difference in attitude between us.
    fundamental principle/issue/question: A fundamental principle of Anglo-American law is that crimes must be clearly defined.
  2. 2
    essential to the existence, development, or success of something
    fundamental to: My relationship with the actors is fundamental to my work as a director.
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