rudimentary

adjective
ru·​di·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌrü-də-ˈmen-tə-rē, -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 , -​ˈmen-​trə-​lē \ adverb
rudimentariness \ ˌrü-​də-​ˈmen-​tə-​rē-​nəs , -​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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Winning the competition revolves around enhancement of a rudimentary reward function that is provided in Python in the AWS Management Console. Jason Levitt, Ars Technica, "Start your (machine learning) engines: Amazon’s DeepRacer is almost here," 21 Dec. 2018 To a rudimentary glance, the Heirloom wine list might appear normal. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "At Heirloom Cafe, Matt Straus keeps alive the dying art of cellaring wine," 29 May 2018 There’s also a very rudimentary YouTube experience, which consists of a clumsy browser view of the YouTube smart TV app that’s difficult to navigate by touch and can’t work with voice controls. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Facebook Portal review: trust fail," 8 Nov. 2018 The system is accessible through a rudimentary website. Adrianne Jeffries, New York Times, "Governments Explore Using Blockchains to Improve Service," 27 June 2018 Inttra was formed in 2001 by a consortium of shipping lines in an effort to bring more technology to the rudimentary and manual business of booking freight container transport. Paul Page, WSJ, "Software Provider E2open Buys Shipping Platform Inttra," 22 Oct. 2018 Sears promised that a buyer with only rudimentary skills could assemble a kit home in 90 days. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Sears Kit Homes changed housing," 16 Oct. 2018 Calculated Healing It’s still early, but in the last few years researchers have routinely endowed cells with rudimentary computing capabilities, says James Collins, another MIT bioengineer and one of the pioneers of synthetic biology. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018 No one w/ a rudimentary knowledge of American History or social science could take Newt seriously. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "A historian explains how mainstream conservatives made Trump," 13 Aug. 2018

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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

: basic or simple

: not very developed or advanced

rudimentary

adjective
ru·​di·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌrüd-ə-ˈmen-tə-rē \

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 \

Medical Definition of rudimentary 

: very imperfectly developed or represented only by a vestige

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