quasi-elementary

elementary

[el-uh-men-tuh-ree, -tree]
adjective
1.
pertaining to or dealing with elements, rudiments, or first principles: an elementary grammar.
2.
of or pertaining to an elementary school: elementary teachers.
3.
of the nature of an ultimate constituent; simple or uncompounded.
4.
pertaining to the four elements, earth, water, air, and fire, or to the great forces of nature; elemental.
5.
Chemistry. of or noting one or more elements.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English elementare (< Middle French elementaire) < Latin elementārius. See element, -ary

elementarily [el-uh-men-ter-uh-lee] , adverb
elementariness, noun
nonelementary, adjective
postelementary, adjective
preelementary, adjective
quasi-elementary, adjective
superelementary, adjective
transelementary, adjective
unelementary, adjective

1. eleemosynary, elementary (see synonym study at the current entry) ; 2. elemental, elementary.


1. Elementary, primary, rudimentary refer to what is basic and fundamental. Elementary refers to the introductory, simple, easy facts or parts of a subject that must necessarily be learned first in order to understand succeeding ones: elementary arithmetic. Primary may mean much the same as elementary; however, it usually emphasizes the idea of what comes first even more than that of simplicity: primary steps. Rudimentary applies to what is undeveloped or imperfect: a rudimentary form of government.
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elementary (ˌɛlɪˈmɛntərɪ, -trɪ)
 
adj
1.  not difficult; simple; rudimentary
2.  of or concerned with the first principles of a subject; introductory or fundamental
3.  maths (of a function) having the form of an algebraic, exponential, trigonometric, or a logarithmic function, or any combination of these
4.  chem another word for elemental
 
ele'mentarily
 
adv
 
ele'mentariness
 
n

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elementary
1540s, rudimentary, from L. elementarius, from elementum (see element). Meaning simple is from 1620s. Elementary school is 1841.
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