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rudimentary adj
1 being or involving basic facts or principles; "the fundamental laws of the universe"; "a fundamental incompatibility between them"; "these rudimentary truths"; "underlying principles" [syn: fundamental, underlying]
2 being in the earliest stages of development; "rudimentary plans"
3 not fully developed in mature animals; "rudimentary wings" [syn: vestigial]

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  • /ˌɹuːdɪˈmɛntəɹi/, /%ru:dI"mEnt@ri/


  1. Basic; minimal; with less than, or only the minimum, necessary.
    His grasp of rudimentary English allowed him at least to do the shopping.
    His rudimentary driving skills meant that he was a danger on the road.
    I have only a rudimentary grasp of chemistry.

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