Definition of fundamentally in English:



  • 1often as submodifier In central or primary respects.

    ‘two fundamentally different concepts of democracy’
    • ‘The two shows were created in fundamentally different circumstances.’
    • ‘Federal court, not fundamentally flawed military commissions, is where Hicks belongs.’
    • ‘Genetic engineering has given us the power fundamentally to alter the biological bases of identity.’
    • ‘Although many ideas in this work were taken over from Descartes, in one respect he fundamentally disagreed with him.’
    • ‘The media scene is fundamentally different from what it was ten years ago.’
    • ‘Because of their fundamentally different shareholder base, sentiment is not reflected so quickly.’
    • ‘Policing research has altered fundamentally during its forty-year history.’
    • ‘In doing so it is not the Government's intention to alter fundamentally the scope or operation of the law.’
    • ‘Policy making and managing organisations are generally viewed as fundamentally different.’
    • ‘This shift has fundamentally altered both the form and the place of the house in the country house mystery.’
    • ‘Although both versions share similarities, they are fundamentally different.’
    • ‘We assume everyone is fundamentally alike; we believe circumstances, not culture, drive people's decisions, including decisions about sex and disease.’
    • ‘The indirectly standardised indices currently used are fundamentally flawed in this respect.’
    • ‘You are right about how the changing technology fundamentally alters the way we approach media and content.’
    • ‘We tweaked and changed it in rehearsal but we didn't alter it fundamentally.’
    • ‘Do you think the $100 laptop is a good idea for developing countries or fundamentally flawed?’
    • ‘Such a model of theological discourse is fundamentally pluralistic.’
    • ‘I know that it is a fundamentally different philosophy to that espoused by Labour.’
    • ‘It was very quite last season and there is nothing to suggest it will be fundamentally different this year.’
    • ‘While I've praised the improvements that Assembly and Senate committees made last week, the bill is still fundamentally flawed in several ways.’
    basically, elementally, radically
    essentially, in essence, basically, at heart, at bottom, deep down, principally, predominantly, above all, first of all, most of all, first and foremost, on the whole, by and large, substantially
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    1. 1.1sentence adverb Used to make an emphatic statement about the basic truth of something.
      ‘fundamentally, this is a matter for doctors’
      • ‘It is impossible to improve on the statement that, fundamentally, there is only one love.’
      • ‘For me, fundamentally, I suppose, diversity is about where is truth, where is reality.’
      • ‘More fundamentally, it may offend the basic principle that the only point of such a plea is to justify a defamatory meaning.’
      • ‘It does affect you, though fundamentally, I'm not different from the way I was a year or 10 years ago.’