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>
rudimentarilyplay \-ˌmen-ˈter-ə-lē, -ˈmen-trə-lē\ adverb
rudimentarinessplay \-ˈmen-tə-rē-nəs, -ˈmen-trē-\ noun
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.
Origin and Etymology of rudimentary
First Known Use: 1619
RUDIMENTARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rudimentary for English Language Learners
: basic or simple
: not very developed or advanced
RUDIMENTARY Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of rudimentary
: very imperfectly developed or represented only by a vestige
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