rudimentary

[roo-duh-men-tuh-ree, -tree]
adjective
1.
pertaining to rudiments or first principles; elementary: a rudimentary knowledge of geometry.
2.
of the nature of a rudiment; undeveloped or vestigial.
Also, rudimental.


Origin:
1830–40; rudiment + -ary

rudimentarily [roo-duh-men-tair-uh-lee, -men-ter-uh-lee] , adverb
rudimentariness, noun
nonrudimental, adjective
nonrudimentarily, adverb
nonrudimentarilyness, noun
nonrudimentary, adjective


1. fundamental, initial. See elementary. 2. embryonic.


1. advanced. 2. mature.
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rudimentary or rudimental (ˌruːdɪˈmɛntərɪ)
 
adj
1.  basic; fundamental; not elaborated or perfected
2.  incompletely developed; vestigial: rudimentary leaves
 
rudimental or rudimental
 
adj
 
rudi'mentarily or rudimental
 
adv
 
rudi'mentally or rudimental
 
adv

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rudimentary
1839, from rudiment.
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rudimentary ru·di·men·ta·ry (rōō'də-měn'tə-rē, -měn'trē)
adj.

  1. Being imperfectly or incompletely developed; embryonic.

  2. Being in the earliest stages of development; incipient.

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Example sentences
But, actually, ants can do it in a rudimentary form.
They usually have little background in health care and only rudimentary
  training.
Government regulations covering orbital debris are still rudimentary.
The key precondition for this sort of marketplace is the presence of
  rudimentary secular values.
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