base quantity
One of the quantities that, in a system of quantities, are conventionally accepted as functionally independent of one another. In the SI, these are: length, mass, time, electric current, temperature, amount of substance, and luminous intensity. All other physical quantities (and units) are regarded as being derived from these base quantities (and base units).
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