[ el-uh-men-tuh-ree, -tree ]
/ ˌɛl əˈmɛn tə ri, -tri /
pertaining to or dealing with elements, rudiments, or first principles: an elementary grammar.
of or relating to an elementary school: elementary teachers.
of the nature of an ultimate constituent; simple or uncompounded.
pertaining to the four elements, earth, water, air, and fire, or to the great forces of nature; elemental.
Chemistry. of or noting one or more elements.
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Origin of elementary
SYNONYMS FOR elementary
1 Elementary, primary, rudimentary refer to what is basic and fundamental. Elementary refers to the introductory, simple, easy facts or parts of a subject that must necessarily be learned first in order to understand succeeding ones: elementary arithmetic. Primary may mean much the same as elementary; however, it usually emphasizes the idea of what comes first even more than that of simplicity: primary steps. Rudimentary applies to what is undeveloped or imperfect: a rudimentary form of government.
el·e·men·tar·i·ly [el-uh-men-ter-uh-lee] /ˌɛl ə mɛnˈtɛr ə li/, adverbel·e·men·ta·ri·ness, nounnon·el·e·men·ta·ry, adjectivepost·el·e·men·ta·ry, adjective
pre·el·e·men·ta·ry, adjectivequa·si-el·e·men·ta·ry, adjectivesu·per·el·e·men·ta·ry, adjectivetrans·el·e·men·ta·ry, adjectiveun·el·e·men·ta·ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for elementarily
/ (ˌɛlɪˈmɛntərɪ, -trɪ) /
not difficult; simple; rudimentary
of or concerned with the first principles of a subject; introductory or fundamental
maths (of a function) having the form of an algebraic, exponential, trigonometric, or a logarithmic function, or any combination of these
chem another word for elemental (def. 5)
Derived Formselementarily, adverbelementariness, noun
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