rudimentary

adjective
ru·​di·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌrü-də-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce rudimentary (audio) , -ˈmen-trē\

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

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Other Words from rudimentary

rudimentarily \ ˌrü-​də-​ˌmen-​ˈter-​ə-​lē How to pronounce rudimentarily (audio) , -​ˈmen-​trə-​lē \ adverb
rudimentariness \ ˌrü-​də-​ˈmen-​tə-​rē-​nəs How to pronounce rudimentariness (audio) , -​ˈmen-​trē-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for rudimentary

Synonyms

crude, low, primitive, rude

Antonyms

advanced, developed, evolved, high, higher, late

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Examples of rudimentary in a Sentence

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.
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Coming to these campgrounds sight unseen requires a degree of adaptability, as some are more rudimentary than others. Zach Montague, New York Times, "An Adirondack Wilderness All Your Own," 22 July 2019 All the tweaks are fairly rudimentary with the option for fine-tuning. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: Astro updates A40 and Mixamp Pro TR to keep up with gamers’ needs," 17 July 2019 My rudimentary word processing program had a thesaurus. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Let Christopher Alexander design your life," 11 July 2019 Missed rendezvous Howland Island, with its rudimentary airstrip, was Earhart’s next stop. National Geographic, "Robert Ballard found the Titanic. Can he find Amelia Earhart’s airplane?," 23 July 2019 One character somehow learns rudimentary Russian in a matter of hours. Daniel Payne, National Review, "In Its Third Season, Stranger Things Strays from What Made It Great," 20 July 2019 The first rudimentary patents were filed in 1898, according to the NBDA. Fortune, "E-Bikes Sales Are Putting a Charge in the Fortunes of Bikemakers," 20 July 2019 Each of them appears in line to return in 2019, according to my rudimentary googling skills. Mitch Goldich, SI.com, "A Salute to the NFL Ironmen of the Decade," 19 July 2019 In his 1803 book, Aldini describes decapitating an ox and connecting the head to a rudimentary battery; almost immediately, the head began to violently shiver, as if undergoing some kind of seizure. Matthew Shaer, New York Times, "Scientists Are Giving Dead Brains New Life. What Could Go Wrong?," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of rudimentary

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rudimentary

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rudimentary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rudimentary

formal
: basic or simple
: not very developed or advanced

rudimentary

adjective
ru·​di·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌrüd-ə-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce rudimentary (audio) \

Kids Definition of rudimentary

1 : elementary, simple He has only rudimentary knowledge of math.
2 : not fully developed rudimentary wings

rudimentary

adjective
ru·​di·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌrüd-ə-ˈment-ə-rē, -ˈmen-trē How to pronounce rudimentary (audio) \

Medical Definition of rudimentary

: very imperfectly developed or represented only by a vestige

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