rudimentary


ru·di·men·ta·ry

adjective \ˌrü-də-ˈmen-tə-rē, -ˈmen-trē\

: basic or simple

: not very developed or advanced

Full Definition of RUDIMENTARY

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 imperfectly developed or represented only by a vestige <the rudimentary tail of a hyrax>
ru·di·men·tar·i·ly \-ˌmen-ˈter-ə-lē, -ˈmen-trə-lē\ adverb
ru·di·men·ta·ri·ness \-ˈmen-tə-rē-nəs, -ˈmen-trē-\ noun

Examples of RUDIMENTARY

  1. This class requires a rudimentary knowledge of human anatomy.
  2. When baseball was in its rudimentary stages, different teams played by different rules.
  3. Some insects have only rudimentary wings.
  4. Because now, every schlemiel with a pair of mirrored sunglasses and a rudimentary grasp of the rules of poker thinks he can play cards with the pros. —A. J. Jacobs, New York Times Book Review, 8 May 2005

Origin of RUDIMENTARY

(see rudiment)
First Known Use: 1839

ru·di·men·ta·ry

adjective \ˌrüd-ə-ˈment-ə-rē, -ˈmen-trē\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RUDIMENTARY

: very imperfectly developed or represented only by a vestige

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