- primary: basic training.
- of lowest rank: airman basic.
- (especially of a female) characterized by predictable or unoriginal style, interests, or behavior: those basic girls who follow trends.
- (of things) boringly predictable or unoriginal: His lyrics are just so basic.
- basic training.
- a soldier or airman receiving basic training.
Origin of basic
Synonyms for basic
Origin of BASIC
Related Words for basicprimitive, necessary, primary, elemental, underlying, key, main, vital, essential, radical, chief, principal, central, capital, basal, indispensable, inherent, intrinsic, substratal
Examples from the Web for basic
Contemporary Examples of basic
Nothing in it was meant to change the basic operations of the capitalist economy or to intervene aggressively in class relations.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
He challenged the very core of the Iranian theocracy and demanded respect for basic human rights.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
As more people come online, the most basic tasks—such as going out to the market to sell produce—will become more efficient.Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa
December 22, 2014
Everyone is entitled to be treated with basic decency and respect.The GOP’s Hidden Ban on Prison Abortions
December 13, 2014
The three basic ways for prisoners to die are old age, disease or violently.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Historical Examples of basic
The Metanoia, the re-directing of my thought, was a thorough and basic change.The Conquest of Fear
Make as much out of this as you will, but the basic fact is incontestible.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
The basic fact of the tale I had in my possession for a good many years.Notes on My Books
It was contentment, and it stemmed from the basic emotion love.Cogito, Ergo Sum
John Foster West
The mastery of an art—be it what you like—does but consist in the comprehension of its basic law.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
- of, denoting, or containing a base; alkaline
- (of a salt) containing hydroxyl or oxide groups not all of which have been replaced by an acid radicalbasic lead carbonate, 2PbCO 3 .Pb ( OH ) 2
Word Origin for BASIC
computer language, 1964, initialism for Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code; invented by Hungarian-born U.S. computer scientist John G. Kemeny (1926-1992) and U.S. computer scientist Thomas E. Kurtz (b.1928).