Definition of fundamentally in US English:



  • 1often as submodifier In central or primary respects.

    ‘two fundamentally different concepts of democracy’
    • ‘Do you think the $100 laptop is a good idea for developing countries or fundamentally flawed?’
    • ‘Although both versions share similarities, they are fundamentally different.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Genetic engineering has given us the power fundamentally to alter the biological bases of identity.’
    • ‘This shift has fundamentally altered both the form and the place of the house in the country house mystery.’
    • ‘The two shows were created in fundamentally different circumstances.’
    • ‘We tweaked and changed it in rehearsal but we didn't alter it fundamentally.’
    • ‘The media scene is fundamentally different from what it was ten years ago.’
    • ‘Although many ideas in this work were taken over from Descartes, in one respect he fundamentally disagreed with him.’
    • ‘I know that it is a fundamentally different philosophy to that espoused by Labour.’
    • ‘We assume everyone is fundamentally alike; we believe circumstances, not culture, drive people's decisions, including decisions about sex and disease.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Federal court, not fundamentally flawed military commissions, is where Hicks belongs.’
    • ‘Because of their fundamentally different shareholder base, sentiment is not reflected so quickly.’
    • ‘Policy making and managing organisations are generally viewed as fundamentally different.’
    • ‘You are right about how the changing technology fundamentally alters the way we approach media and content.’
    • ‘Such a model of theological discourse is fundamentally pluralistic.’
    • ‘The indirectly standardised indices currently used are fundamentally flawed in this respect.’
    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’
      • ‘More fundamentally, it may offend the basic principle that the only point of such a plea is to justify a defamatory meaning.’
      • ‘It is impossible to improve on the statement that, fundamentally, there is only one love.’
      • ‘It does affect you, though fundamentally, I'm not different from the way I was a year or 10 years ago.’
      • ‘For me, fundamentally, I suppose, diversity is about where is truth, where is reality.’