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fundamental (adj) basic and essential.
The basic form of a thing and forming the most important part of it is fundamental to it. Internal combustion is fundamental to the functioning of an automobile. That is, the basic principle of an automobile is internal combustion of gasoline or diesel. Freedom of speech and thought are fundamental to a democracy. That is, without freedom of thought and expression democracy is meaningless. Trust, love, and loyalty are fundamental to a marriage in that they are the things that marriage is based on, and without them no marriage can last.
- The fundamental problem before humanity is the eradication of poverty and diseases as only a world free from them can enjoy peace.
- The fundamental purpose of any marketing strategy is more sales and more profits.