Rudimentary
Rudimentary Ru`di*men"ta*ry, a. [Cf. F. rudimentaire.] 1. Of or pertaining to rudiments; consisting in first principles; elementary; initial; as, rudimental essays. [1913 Webster]

2. (Biol.) Very imperfectly developed; in an early stage of development; embryonic. [1913 Webster]


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  • rudimentary — I adjective abecedarian, basal, basic, beginning, crude, elemental, elementary, embryonic, essential, formative, fundamental, germinal, germinative, immature, inceptive, inchoate, incohatus, incomplete, initial, initiative, initiatory, original,… …   Law dictionary

  • rudimentary — 1827; see RUDIMENT (Cf. rudiment) + ARY (Cf. ary) …   Etymology dictionary

  • rudimentary — [adj] basic, fundamental abecedarian, basal, beginning, early, elemental, elementary, embryonic, immature, initial, introductory, larval, nuts and bolts*, primary, primitive, simple, simplest, uncompleted, undeveloped, vestigial; concepts 546,549 …   New thesaurus

  • rudimentary — ► ADJECTIVE 1) involving or limited to basic principles. 2) immature, undeveloped, or basic. DERIVATIVES rudimentarily adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • rudimentary — [ro͞o΄də men′tər ē, ro͞o΄dəmen′trē] adj. of, or having the nature of, a rudiment or rudiments; specif., a) elementary b) incompletely or imperfectly developed c) vestigial: sometimes rudimental rudimentarily [ro͞o΄də men ter′ə lē, ro͞o΄dəmen′tər… …   English World dictionary

  • rudimentary — ru|di|men|ta|ry [ˌru:dıˈmentəri] adj 1.) a rudimentary knowledge or understanding of a subject is very simple and basic ≠ ↑sophisticated ▪ Gradually, I acquired a rudimentary knowledge of music. ▪ my rudimentary German 2.) rudimentary equipment,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rudimentary — [[t]ru͟ːdɪme̱ntri[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Rudimentary things are very basic or simple and are therefore unsatisfactory. [FORMAL] The earth surface of the courtyard extended into a kind of rudimentary kitchen... They are deprived of the ability to… …   English dictionary

  • rudimentary — adjective 1 a rudimentary knowledge or understanding of a subject is very simple and basic: a rudimentary knowledge of Japanese 2 rudimentary equipment, methods, systems etc are very basic and not advanced: The classroom equipment is pretty… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • rudimentary — adjective Date: 1839 1. consisting in first principles ; fundamental < had only a rudimentary formal education D. J. Boorstin > 2. of a primitive kind < the equipment of these past empire builders was rudimentary A. J. Toynbee > 3. very… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • rudimentary — adjective 1) rudimentary carpentry skills Syn: basic, elementary, primary, fundamental, essential Ant: advanced 2) the equipment was rudimentary Syn: primitive, crude …   Thesaurus of popular words

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