rudimentary

adjective ru·di·men·ta·ry \ ˌrü-də-ˈmen-tə-rē , -ˈmen-trē \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

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

rudimentarily

play \ˌrü-də-ˌmen-ˈter-ə-lē, -ˈmen-trə-lē\ adverb

rudimentariness

play \ˌrü-də-ˈmen-tə-rē-nəs, -ˈmen-trē-\ noun

Examples of rudimentary in a Sentence

  1. 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. JacobsNew York Times Book Review8 May 2005
  2. 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. BoorstinU.S. News & World Report11 July 1994
  3. 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 BurroughsThe Monster Men1929
  4. It appears as if the posterior molar or wisdom-teeth were tending to become rudimentary in the more civilised races of man. —Charles DarwinThe Descent of Man1871
  5. This class requires a rudimentary knowledge of human anatomy.

  6. When baseball was in its rudimentary stages, different teams played by different rules.

  7. Some insects have only rudimentary wings.

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Origin and Etymology of rudimentary


RUDIMENTARY Defined for English Language Learners

rudimentary

adjective

Definition of rudimentary for English Language Learners

  • : basic or simple

  • : not very developed or advanced


RUDIMENTARY Defined for Kids

rudimentary

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

Definition of rudimentary for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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