Meaning of “the Fundamental Counting Principle” in the English Dictionary

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the Fundamental Counting Principlenoun [ S ]

/ˌfʌn.də.men.təl ˈkaʊn.tɪŋ ˌprɪn.sə.pəl/ /ˌfʌn.də.men.t̬əl ˈkaʊn.t̬ɪŋ ˌprɪn.sə.pəl/

the rule that says that if there are x ways in which one thing can be done, and y ways in which another thing can then be done, then there are x × y ways in which the two things can be done one after the other

(Definition of “the Fundamental Counting Principle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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Fundamental Counting Principlenoun [ U ]

/ˈfʌn·dəˈmen·təl ˈkɑʊn·tɪŋ ˌprɪn·sə·pəl/

mathematics a rule that says if there are x ways in which one thing can be done, and y ways in which another thing can then be done, then there are x×y ways in which the two things can be done one after the other

(Definition of “Fundamental Counting Principle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)