Simple Definition of rudimentary
: basic or simple
: not very developed or advanced
Full Definition of rudimentary
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>
Examples of rudimentary
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
Despite the rudimentary nature of its instruments—an octant, a chronometer and a level—the Lewis and Clark Expedition was a triumph for science and natural history. —Daniel J. Boorstin, U.S. News & World Report, 11 July 1994
A few were hopeless imbeciles, unable to comprehend more than the rudimentary requirements of filling their bellies when food was placed before them … —Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Monster Men, 1929
It appears as if the posterior molar or wisdom-teeth were tending to become rudimentary in the more civilised races of man. —Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 1871
This class requires a rudimentary knowledge of human anatomy.
When baseball was in its rudimentary stages, different teams played by different rules.
Some insects have only rudimentary wings.
Origin of rudimentary
First Known Use: 1839
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Medical Definition of rudimentary
: very imperfectly developed or represented only by a vestige
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