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Main Entry: 1funĚdaĚmenĚtal
Pronunciation: secondarystressfschwan-dschwa-primarystressment-schwal
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English fundamental "serving as a base or source of support," from Latin fundamentalis "of a foundation," from fundamentum "foundation," derived from fundus "bottom, base" --related to 2FOUND, FUND
1 : being or forming a foundation : BASIC, ESSENTIAL <a discovery fundamental to modern science> <our fundamental rights>
2 : of or relating to essential structure or function : RADICAL <fundamental change>
3 : of, relating to, or produced by the lowest part of a complex vibration
4 : of central importance : PRINCIPAL <fundamental purpose>
- funĚdaĚmenĚtalĚly /-schwal-emacron/ adverb

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