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elementary (basic)

Definition:

of or being the essential or basic part

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

element

Comparative:

more elementary

Superlative:

most elementary

Similar to:

basic

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

an elementary need for love and nurturing

Synonyms:

elemental | primary | elem. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

"having the nature of one of the four elements", from Middle French elementaire...
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Collins Dictionary:

elementary | elemental [sense-specific] | simple [synonym, sense-specific] | rudimentary [synonym, sense-specific] | elementarily [adverb, derived]

not difficult; simple; rudimentary | of or concerned with the first principles of a subject; introductory or fundamental | [mathematics] (of a ... (20 of 503 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Wikipedia:

Elementary [disambiguation]

may refer to: An elementary particle in particle physics | The elementary charge, e, of a single electron | Elementary arithmetic | Elementary algebra | An elementary definition in mathematical logic | ELEMENTARY, a class of objects in computational ... (34 of 189 words, 18 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

elementary | elemental [sense-specific, synonym] | abecedarian [synonym, sense-specific] | basal [synonym, sense-specific] | basic [synonym, sense-specific] | beginning [synonym, sense-specific] | essential [synonym, sense-specific] | fundamental [synonym, sense-specific] | introductory [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

of, relating to, or dealing with the simplest elements or principles of something ; of or relating to an elementary school | "elemental" ... (22 of 141 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

elementary | elementary, my dear Watson

relating to the most basic and important part of something ; relating to the first and most basic things that you learn about a subject | easy | ... (26 of 128 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

elementary | elementarily [derived] | elementariness [derived]

relating to the rudiments of a subject | of the most basic kind | straightforward and uncomplicated | not decomposable into elements or other primary ... (22 of 100 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

elementary | Sublunary [synonym, sense-specific]

Relating to the basic, essential or fundamental part of something. | Relating to an elementary school. | [physics] Relating to a subatomic particle. | [archaic] Sublunary; not celestial; belonging to the sublunary sphere, to which the four classical ... (35 of 69 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example)

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Random House Dictionary:

elementary

pertaining to or dealing with elements, rudiments, or first principles. | of or pertaining to an elementary school. | of the nature of an ultimate ... (23 of 68 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

elementary | elementarily [adverb, related] | elementariness [noun, related]

Of, relating to, or constituting the basic, essential, or fundamental part | Of, relating to, or involving the fundamental or simplest aspects of a ... (23 of 59 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/elementary

Cambridge Dictionary:

elementary

basic | relating to the early stages of studying a subject (10 of 46 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

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New World Dictionary:

elementary | elementarily [adverb, related] | elementariness [noun, related]

"elemental" | of first principles, rudiments, or fundamentals; introductory; basic; simple ; of or having to do with the formal instruction of ... (21 of 46 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

primary

in the United States, a preliminary election in which the candidate of a party is nominated directly by the voters. The establishment of the primary ... (25 of 280 words)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

chemical element | element [synonym]

any substance that cannot be decomposed into simpler substances by ordinary chemical processes. Elements are the fundamental materials of which all ... (21 of 972 words, 5 images)

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Encarta Dictionary:

elementary | elementarily [adverb, derived] | elementariness [noun, derived]

involving or encompassing only the most simple and basic facts or principles | requiring little skill or knowledge | relating to an elementary school ... (22 of 63 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607915​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

elementary

First use: late 14th century

Origin: "having the nature of one of the four elements", from Middle French elementaire and directly from Latin elementarius, from ... (22 of 37 etymology words)

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elemental

First use: late 15th century

Origin: "pertaining to the four elements", from Medieval Latin elementalis, from Latin elementum. Meaning "simple, uncomplicated" is from 1550s; ... (21 of 39 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

elementary

Origin: late Middle English (in the sense 'composed of the four elements, earth, air, fire, and water'): from Latin elementarius, from elementum ... (21 of 33 etymology words)

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elemental

First use: late 15th century

Origin: medieval Latin elementalis, from elementum "principle, rudiment" (see "element")

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New World Dictionary:

elementary

Origin: Middle English elementare from Latin elementarius

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elemental

Origin: Middle English from Medieval Latin elementalis

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Collins Dictionary:

elementary

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elemental

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

elementary

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elemental

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

elementary

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elemental

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Cambridge Dictionary:

elementary

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elemental

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the Free Dictionary:

elementary

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elemental

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Google Dictionary:

elementary

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elemental | elementals [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

elementary

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elemental

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YourDictionary Audio:

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elemental

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