[ 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 confusedelemental elementary
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British Dictionary definitions for elementally


/ (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 Formselementally, adverbelementalism, noun
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Word Origin and History for elementally



late 15c., "pertaining to the four elements," from Medieval Latin elementalis, from Latin elementum (see element). Meaning "simple, uncomplicated" is from 1550s; that of "relating to first principles" is from 1570s. The noun in the occult sense is from 1877.

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