ru|di|men|ta|ry [ˌru:dıˈmentəri] adj
1.) a rudimentary knowledge or understanding of a subject is very simple and basic
Gradually, I acquired a rudimentary knowledge of music.
my rudimentary German
2.) rudimentary equipment, methods, systems etc are very basic and not advanced
subsistence farming in its most rudimentary form
The classroom equipment is pretty rudimentary.

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  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — [[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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