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elementary

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adjective el·e·men·ta·ry \ˌe-lə-ˈmen-tə-rē, -ˈmen-trē\

Simple Definition of elementary

  • : basic and simple : involving the simplest parts of a subject

  • : of or relating to elementary school

Full Definition of elementary

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or dealing with the simplest elements or principles of something b :  of or relating to an elementary school

  2. 2 :  elemental 1a, b

  3. 3 :  elemental 2

el·e·men·ta·ri·ly play \-ˌmen-ˈter-ə-lē, -ˈmen-trə-lē\ adverb
el·e·men·ta·ri·ness play \-ˈmen-tə-rē-nəs, -ˈmen-trē-\ noun

Examples of elementary

  1. He is lacking even the most elementary notions of fairness.

  2. The researchers made an elementary error.

  3. He has an elementary understanding of calculus.



14th Century

First Known Use of elementary

14th century



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