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fundamental

adjective
 
 
/ˌfʌndəˈmentəl/
FINANCE, ECONOMICS used to describe the basic causes of changes in the value of shares, etc. that relate to the condition of companies and the economy: Fundamental factors will have the most impact on currency. → Compare technical adjective
very important and basic: fundamental in/to sth The multilateral trading system has been fundamental in economic success. There is no need to change anything fundamental about the way the business works.
(Definition of fundamental from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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