[ el-uh-men-tl ]
/ ˌɛl əˈmɛn tl /


Origin of elemental

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

Related forms

Can be confused

elemental elementary
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British Dictionary definitions for elemental


/ (ˌɛlɪˈmɛntəl) /


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


rare a spirit or force that is said to appear in physical form

Derived Forms

elementally, adverbelementalism, noun
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