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elemental

[ el-uh-men-tl ]
/ ˌɛl əˈmɛn tl /
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adjective
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Origin of elemental

From the Medieval Latin word elementālis, dating back to 1485–95. See element, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM elemental

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH elemental

elemental , elementary
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How to use elemental in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for elemental

elemental
/ (ˌɛlɪˈmɛntəl) /

adjective
fundamental; basic; primalthe elemental needs of man
motivated by or symbolic of primitive and powerful natural forces or passionselemental rites of worship
of or relating to earth, air, water, and fire considered as elements
of or relating to atmospheric forces, esp wind, rain, and cold
of, relating to, or denoting a chemical element
noun
rare a spirit or force that is said to appear in physical form

Derived forms of elemental

elementally, adverbelementalism, noun
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