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Adjective
Essential, as an element, principle, or law
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“These are the fundamental principles of our democracy which should never be abolished.”
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Of or pertaining to initiation
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Existing in reality or as a matter of fact
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Implanted or firmly established
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Based on abstract reasoning
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Spoken or presented in a manner that is frank and honest
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Self-evident or unquestionable
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Radically new or different
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Of the nature of a quintessence (in all senses)
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Of a minimum amount, quantity, size, or degree
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Significant in importance or esteem
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Denotes a composition of a single element
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Used or accepted broadly
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Almost or nearly as described, but not completely or according to strict definition
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A leading or primary principle, rule, law, or article
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“This theory is a fundamental of the science that we are basing our analysis on.”
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A necessary component
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Something taught, especially by a religious or philosophical authority
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(often in plural form "standards") A principle of conduct informed by notions of honor and decency
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