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Fundamental synonyms
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Really there but not easily seen or noticed
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  1. Really there but not easily seen or noticed
  2. Basic or fundamental
  3. Taking precedence; prior:
Designating or of any of various modern political parties, esp. in Europe, ranging from moderate to conservative in program
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  1. Designating or of any of various modern political parties, esp. in Europe, ranging from moderate to conservative in program
  2. A group of atoms that behaves as a unit in chemical reactions and is often not stable except as part of a molecule. The hydroxyl, ethyl, and phenyl radicals are examples. Radicals are unchanged by chemical reactions.
  3. Favoring fundamental or extreme change; specif., favoring basic change in the social or economic structure
Being in an early stage of development or having a simple form:
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  1. Being in an early stage of development or having a simple form:
  2. Of or relating to one or more rudiments
  3. Basic; minimal; with less than, or only the minimum, necessary.
Designating, of, or resulting from a process of manufacturing steel from high-phosphorus iron, in which the refining agent is a basic slag formed from a basic furnace lining and the addition of lime
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  1. Designating, of, or resulting from a process of manufacturing steel from high-phosphorus iron, in which the refining agent is a basic slag formed from a basic furnace lining and the addition of lime
  2. Of, being, or serving as a starting point or basis:
  3. A simple programming language developed in the 1960s that is widely taught to students as a first programming language.
Being the base or basis; basic; fundamental
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  1. Being the base or basis; basic; fundamental
  2. Of primary importance; basic.
  3. Of, relating to, located at, or forming a base.
Relating to the replacement of only one of several atoms or groups in a compound, such as an amine in which one valence of the functional group is taken by a carbon atom.
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  1. Relating to the replacement of only one of several atoms or groups in a compound, such as an amine in which one valence of the functional group is taken by a carbon atom.
  2. Relating to an organic molecule, such as an alcohol, in which the functional group is attached to a primary carbon. A primary alcohol, for example, has the hydroxyl (OH) group attached to the last carbon in a chain.
  3. First in importance; chief; principal; main
Preceding all others in a series; before any other; 1st
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  1. Preceding all others in a series; before any other; 1st
  2. Corresponding in order to the number one.
  3. Ranking above all others, as in importance or quality; foremost:
Not derived, not related.
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  1. Not derived, not related.
  2. Not derived; basic:
Of, relating to, or constituting the basic, essential, or fundamental part:
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  1. Of, relating to, or constituting the basic, essential, or fundamental part:
  2. Of, relating to, or involving the fundamental or simplest aspects of a subject:
  3. Of first principles, rudiments, or fundamentals; introductory; basic; simple
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  1. That supports.
  2. (Theater, Film) Designating or of an actor or role that is subordinate to or of lesser importance than that of a lead or principal
Of or like an axiom
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  1. Of or like an axiom
  2. (Informal) Obvious.
  3. Evident without proof or argument.
Controlling; essential; important
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  1. Controlling; essential; important
  2. Of crucial importance; significant:
Vital to the resolution of a crisis or the determination of an outcome:
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  1. Vital to the resolution of a crisis or the determination of an outcome:
  2. Extremely significant or important:
  3. (Med.) Having the form of a cross
Concerned with or recording data pertinent to lives:
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  1. Concerned with or recording data pertinent to lives:
  2. Necessary to continued existence or effectiveness:
  3. Full of life or energy; animated:
Greater than others in importance or rank:
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  1. Greater than others in importance or rank:
  2. Characterized by major intervals, scales, etc.
  3. Equivalent to the distance between the tonic note and the second or third or sixth or seventh degrees of a major scale or mode:
Highest or among the highest in rank, authority, importance, degree, etc.
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  1. Highest or among the highest in rank, authority, importance, degree, etc.
  2. Of, relating to, or being financial principal, or a principal in a financial transaction.
  3. First or highest in rank or importance.
Of or having to do with the grass roots
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  1. Of or having to do with the grass roots
  2. Alternative spelling of grassroots.
Required; essential.
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  1. Required; essential.
  2. Required, as by circumstances; necessary for some purpose; indispensable
Of such character as to resemble a force of nature in power or effect:
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  1. Of such character as to resemble a force of nature in power or effect:
  2. Being a chemical element in uncombined form
  3. Basic and powerful; not subtle or refined; primal
Fundamental; basic
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  1. Fundamental; basic
  2. First in importance; primary
Bright-red, like the robe of a cardinal
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  1. Bright-red, like the robe of a cardinal
  2. Of foremost importance; paramount:
  3. Of main importance; principal; chief
Made up of systematically interrelated parts; organized
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  1. Made up of systematically interrelated parts; organized
  2. (Agric.) Grown with fertilizers of plant or animal origin, as manure, bone meal, or compost, and without chemical fertilizers or pesticides
  3. Relating to or affecting organs or an organ of the body. An organic disease is one in which there is a demonstrable abnormality on physical examination, laboratory testing, or other diagnostic studies.
Of or relating to values themselves.
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  1. Of or relating to values themselves.
  2. Of or relating to value theory, the philosophical field of axiology.
Of or constituting theory
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  1. Of or constituting theory
  2. Limited to or based on theory; not practical or applied; hypothetical
  3. Studying or working to develop theory.
Concerned with or resulting from political or especially economic structure.
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  1. Concerned with or resulting from political or especially economic structure.
  2. Relating to or concerned with systematic structure in a particular field of study, such as linguistics or the behavioral sciences.
  3. (Geol.) Of or related to the structure of the earth's crust and the changes produced in it by movement; geotectonic
Of or having to do with a single source that controls all activity in an organization or system
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  1. Of or having to do with a single source that controls all activity in an organization or system
  2. Of basic importance; essential or principal:
  3. Most important; main; basic; principal
Capable of or given to inventing or creating something new, or thinking or acting in an independent, individual, fresh way
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  1. Capable of or given to inventing or creating something new, or thinking or acting in an independent, individual, fresh way
  2. Being the source from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is made.
  3. Having to do with an origin; first; earliest
Possessing everything essential; entire.
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  1. Possessing everything essential; entire.
  2. Whole or complete
  3. Made up of parts forming a whole
Of or relating to primary schools.
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  1. Of or relating to primary schools.
  2. (Botany) Of, relating to, or derived from a primary meristem.
  3. Of or relating to primary stress.
Required; essential.
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  1. Required; essential.
  2. Required, as by circumstances; necessary for some purpose; indispensable
Fairly large in amount or quantity:
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  1. Fairly large in amount or quantity:
  2. Having or likely to have a major effect; important:
  3. Having or expressing a covert or nonverbal meaning; suggestive:
Of, relating to, located at, or forming a base.
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  1. Of, relating to, located at, or forming a base.
  2. Of primary importance; basic.
  3. Being the base or basis; basic; fundamental
A simple programming language developed in the 1960s that is widely taught to students as a first programming language.
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  1. A simple programming language developed in the 1960s that is widely taught to students as a first programming language.
  2. Designating, of, or resulting from a process of manufacturing steel from high-phosphorus iron, in which the refining agent is a basic slag formed from a basic furnace lining and the addition of lime
  3. Of, being, or serving as a starting point or basis:
Being the source from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is made.
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  1. Being the source from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is made.
  2. Preceding all others in time; first:
  3. Not derived from something else; fresh and unusual:
Relating to an organic molecule, such as an alcohol, in which the functional group is attached to a primary carbon. A primary alcohol, for example, has the hydroxyl (OH) group attached to the last carbon in a chain.
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  1. Relating to an organic molecule, such as an alcohol, in which the functional group is attached to a primary carbon. A primary alcohol, for example, has the hydroxyl (OH) group attached to the last carbon in a chain.
  2. From which others are derived; fundamental; elemental; basic
  3. Not derived from anything else; basic or original:
(Medicine) Relating to or being surgery that is extreme or drastic in an effort to eradicate all existing or potential disease:
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  1. (Medicine) Relating to or being surgery that is extreme or drastic in an effort to eradicate all existing or potential disease:
  2. Arising from or going to a root or source; basic:
  3. Favoring fundamental or extreme change; specif., favoring basic change in the social or economic structure
Really there but not easily seen or noticed
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  1. Really there but not easily seen or noticed
  2. Taking precedence; prior:
  3. Basic or fundamental
Designating, of, or resulting from a process of manufacturing steel from high-phosphorus iron, in which the refining agent is a basic slag formed from a basic furnace lining and the addition of lime
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  1. Designating, of, or resulting from a process of manufacturing steel from high-phosphorus iron, in which the refining agent is a basic slag formed from a basic furnace lining and the addition of lime
  2. Of, being, or serving as a starting point or basis:
  3. Of, at, or forming a base; fundamental; essential
Being a chemical element in uncombined form
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  1. Being a chemical element in uncombined form
  2. Basic and powerful; not subtle or refined; primal
  3. Fundamental or essential; basic.
Of, relating to, or constituting the basic, essential, or fundamental part:
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  1. Of, relating to, or constituting the basic, essential, or fundamental part:
  2. Of or having to do with the formal instruction of children in basic subjects
  3. Of, relating to, or involving the fundamental or simplest aspects of a subject:
(Medicine) Of, relating to, or being a condition or a disease whose cause is unknown:
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  1. (Medicine) Of, relating to, or being a condition or a disease whose cause is unknown:
  2. Fundamentally important or necessary:
  3. (Biochemistry) Being a substance that is required for normal functioning but cannot be synthesized by the body and therefore must be included in the diet:
Of or created by an artist without formal training; simple or naive in style.
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  1. Of or created by an artist without formal training; simple or naive in style.
  2. Regarded as having changed little in evolutionary history. Not in scientific use:
  3. Not derivative; primary; basic
Beyond which further analysis, division, etc. cannot be made; elemental; fundamental; primary
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  1. Beyond which further analysis, division, etc. cannot be made; elemental; fundamental; primary
  2. Fundamental; elemental:
  3. Representing or exhibiting the greatest possible development or sophistication:
Taking precedence; prior:
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  1. Taking precedence; prior:
  2. Basic; fundamental:
  3. Basic or fundamental
Designating, of, or resulting from a process of manufacturing steel from high-phosphorus iron, in which the refining agent is a basic slag formed from a basic furnace lining and the addition of lime
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  1. Designating, of, or resulting from a process of manufacturing steel from high-phosphorus iron, in which the refining agent is a basic slag formed from a basic furnace lining and the addition of lime
  2. Of, being, or serving as a starting point or basis:
  3. Of, at, or forming a base; fundamental; essential
Belonging to, or inherent in, the constitution, or in the structure of body or mind.
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  1. Belonging to, or inherent in, the constitution, or in the structure of body or mind.
  2. Consistent with, pertaining to, or mandated by the constitution of a country or state. See also unconstitutional. Consistent with, pertaining to, or mandated by the constitution of a country or state. See also unconstitutional.
  3. Of or in the constitution of a person or thing; basic; essential
That forms a constituent part of something else
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  1. That forms a constituent part of something else
  2. That makes something what it is; essential
  3. Making a thing what it is; essential.
(Medicine) Of, relating to, or being a condition or a disease whose cause is unknown:
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  1. (Medicine) Of, relating to, or being a condition or a disease whose cause is unknown:
  2. (Biochemistry) Being a substance that is required for normal functioning but cannot be synthesized by the body and therefore must be included in the diet:
  3. Fundamentally important or necessary:
Whole or complete
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  1. Whole or complete
  2. Made up of parts forming a whole
  3. Possessing everything essential; entire.
Concerned with or recording data pertinent to lives:
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  1. Concerned with or recording data pertinent to lives:
  2. Necessary to the continuation of life; life-sustaining:
  3. Extremely important; essential:
Basic training.
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  1. Basic training.
  2. A basic principle, factor, etc.
  3. An essential, fundamental element or entity:
A component part or quality, often one that is basic or essential
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  1. A component part or quality, often one that is basic or essential
  2. The basic assumptions or principles of a subject.
  3. A fundamental, essential, or irreducible constituent of a composite entity.
Something necessary or fundamental; indispensable, inherent, or basic feature or principle
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  1. Something necessary or fundamental; indispensable, inherent, or basic feature or principle
A first slight beginning or appearance, or undeveloped form or stage, of something
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  1. A first slight beginning or appearance, or undeveloped form or stage, of something
  2. Something in an incipient or undeveloped form:
  3. A fundamental element, principle, or skill, as of a field of learning:
(Chem.) Any compound that can react with an acid to form a salt, the hydroxyl of the base being replaced by a negative ion: in modern theory, any substance that produces a negative ion and donates electrons to an acid to form covalent bonds: in water solution a base tastes bitter, turns red litmus paper blue, and, in dissociation theory, produces free hydroxyl ions
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  1. (Chem.) Any compound that can react with an acid to form a salt, the hydroxyl of the base being replaced by a negative ion: in modern theory, any substance that produces a negative ion and donates electrons to an acid to form covalent bonds: in water solution a base tastes bitter, turns red litmus paper blue, and, in dissociation theory, produces free hydroxyl ions
  2. A basic or underlying element; infrastructure:
  3. The fundamental principle or underlying concept of a system or theory; a basis.
A set of independent vectors whose linear combinations define a vector space, such as a reference frame used to establish a coordinate system.
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  1. A set of independent vectors whose linear combinations define a vector space, such as a reference frame used to establish a coordinate system.
  2. An underlying circumstance or condition:
  3. A condition for relating or proceeding:
A ceremonial stone set at the corner of a building, joining two exterior walls, and often inscribed with the starting and completion dates of construction, the name of the architect and owner, and other details.
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  1. A ceremonial stone set at the corner of a building, joining two exterior walls, and often inscribed with the starting and completion dates of construction, the name of the architect and owner, and other details.
  2. A stone that forms part of the corner of a building; esp., a foundation stone of this kind, often inscribed, laid at a ceremony that marks the beginning of building
  3. An indispensable and fundamental basis:
The act of founding, especially the establishment of an institution with provisions for future maintenance.
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  1. The act of founding, especially the establishment of an institution with provisions for future maintenance.
  2. The basis on which a thing stands, is founded, or is supported.
  3. Foundation garment
(Music) The basic tone of a chord, on which the chord is constructed; often, the fundamental
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  1. (Music) The basic tone of a chord, on which the chord is constructed; often, the fundamental
  2. A plant part that usually grows underground, secures the plant in place, absorbs minerals and water, and stores food manufactured by leaves and other plant parts. Roots grow in a root system. Eudicots and magnoliids have a central, longer, and larger taproot with many narrower lateral roots branching off, while monocots have a mass of threadlike fibrous roots , which are roughly the same length and remain close to the surface of the soil. In vascular plants, roots usually consist of a central cylinder of vascular tissue, surrounded by the pericycle and endodermis, then a thick layer of cortex, and finally an outer epidermis or (in woody plants) periderm. Only finer roots (known as feeder roots) actively take up water and minerals, generally in the uppermost meter of soil. These roots absorb minerals primarily through small epidermal structures known as root hairs. In certain plants, adventitious roots grow out from the stem above ground as aerial roots or prop roots, bending down into the soil, to facilitate the exchange of gases or increase support. Certain plants (such as the carrot and beet) have fleshy storage roots with abundant parenchyma in their vascular tissues.
  3. (Linguistics) The element that carries the main component of meaning in a word and provides the basis from which a word is derived by adding affixes or inflectional endings or by phonetic change.
Something in an incipient or undeveloped form:
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  1. Something in an incipient or undeveloped form:
  2. A first slight beginning or appearance, or undeveloped form or stage, of something
  3. A fundamental element, principle, or skill, as of a field of learning:
A self-evident or universally recognized truth; a maxim:
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  1. A self-evident or universally recognized truth; a maxim:
  2. An established principle in some artistic practice or science that is universally received.
  3. An established rule, principle, or law.
A statement describing a relationship observed to be invariable between or among phenomena for all cases in which the specified conditions are met:
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  1. A statement describing a relationship observed to be invariable between or among phenomena for all cases in which the specified conditions are met:
  2. Something, such as an order or a dictum, having absolute or unquestioned authority:
  3. Legal action or proceedings; litigation:
The scientific law that explains a natural action
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  1. The scientific law that explains a natural action
  2. A fundamental truth, law, doctrine, or motivating force, upon which others are based
  3. A basic truth, law, or assumption:
A proposition that is not self-evident but that can be proved from accepted premises
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  1. A proposition that is not self-evident but that can be proved from accepted premises
  2. An expression of relations in an equation or formula
  3. A mathematical statement whose truth can be proved on the basis of a given set of axioms or assumptions.
A general or abstract concept or term considered absolute or axiomatic.
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  1. A general or abstract concept or term considered absolute or axiomatic.
  2. A general or widely held principle, concept, or notion.
  3. (Short for) universal joint
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