basic vocabulary

noun Linguistics.
the set of lexical items in a language that are most resistant to replacement, referring to the most common and universal elements of human experience, such as parts of the body (foot, eye ), universal features of the environment (water, star ), common activities (eat, sleep ), and the lowest numerals.
Also called core vocabulary. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Unless the basic vocabulary is extremely limited, maintenance of the auxiliary
  dictionary is impracticable.
To recall and expand basic vocabulary, crossword and other puzzles, mazes and
  word-search puzzles can be used.
Presents a basic vocabulary strategy to boost elementary students' reading
  comprehension and success.
Overall, students understood a large proportion of individual words and simple
  sentences drawn from a fairly basic vocabulary.
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