of or relating to the basis or groundwork on which something rests or is built; needing to be understood or established at the beginning:We believe that fostering a strong local community is a foundational component of our inner-city scholarship program, guiding everything else we do.
- Rarely foun·da·tion·ar·y [foun-dey-shuh-ner-ee] /faʊnˈdeɪ ʃə nɛr i/ .
- foun·da·tion·al·ly, adverb
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How to use foundational in a sentence
His worship of the beautiful led him to say: The moral is not only a part of the sthetic, but its condition foundationally.Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2 | Gustave Flaubert