fundamental has definitions from the field of psychology
[ adjective ] 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"

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(Edward E. Kelly, S.J., "Christian Unity in England"...)

A century ago , Newman saw that liberalism ( what we now might call secularism ) would gradually but definitely make its mark on English_Protestantism , and that even high_Anglicanism would someday no_longer be a `` serviceable breakwater against doctrinal errors more fundamental than its own '' .

(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)

This emphasis upon death rather than sin as man 's fundamental problem Irenaeus shares with many early theologians , especially the Greek speaking ones .

(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)

The religion supports , re-enforces , reaffirms , and maintains the fundamental values .

(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)

From the very beginning the electoral discussions raised fundamental issues in Moroccan politics , precisely the type of questions that were most difficult to resolve in the new government .

(William S. Haymond, "Is Distance an Original...)

The authors set_about answering this fundamental question through a detailed investigation of the patient 's ability , tactually , ( 1 ) to perceive figure and ( 2 ) to locate objects in space , with his eyes closed ( or turned_away from the object concerned ) .

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[ adjective ] being or involving basic facts or principles


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

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(E. Gellhorn, "Prolegomena to a theory of the emotions"...)

The fundamental differences between physiological and pathological states of parasympathetic ( and also of sympathetic ) dominance remain to be elucidated .

In other studies , loss of differentiation in previously established conditioned_reflexes resulted from repeated convulsive ( metrazol ) treatments , suggesting a fundamental disturbance in the balance between excitatory and inhibitory cerebral processes .

These are few and seemingly disjointed data , but they illustrate the important fact that fundamental alterations in conditioned_reactions occur in a variety of states in which the hypothalamic balance has been altered by physiological experimentation , pharmacological action , or clinical processes .

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[ adjective ] 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 a fundamental error" "profound social changes"

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(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)

In the new country the electoral process is considered as a means of resolving fundamental , and sometimes bitter , differences among leaders and also as a source of policy guidance .

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[ noun ] (psychology) the lowest tone of a harmonic series

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