[ bak-tuh-bey-siks ]


  1. stressing simplicity and adherence to fundamental principles:

    The movement suggests a back-to-basics approach to living for those whose lives have become complicated.

  2. emphasizing or based upon the teaching of such basic subjects as reading, arithmetic, grammar, or history in a traditional way.

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Back to fundamental principles, as in The plans are much too elaborate; to stay in our budget we have to get back to basics . At first this term was used mainly for schooling that stresses proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics (also see three R's ), but it quickly was transferred to other areas. [1970s]

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Example Sentences

Instead, LaFrieda, Hanna-Korpi, and Dawson all see a general back-to-basics approach from hereon in.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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