elementary

[ el-uh-men-tuh-ree, -tree ]
/ ˌɛl əˈmɛn tə ri, -tri /

adjective

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

1400–50; late Middle English elementare (< Middle French elementaire) < Latin elementārius. See element, -ary

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM elementary

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH elementary

eleemosynary elementary (see synonym study at the current entry)elemental elementary
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British Dictionary definitions for elementarily

elementary
/ (ˌɛlɪˈmɛntərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

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 forms of elementary

elementarily, adverbelementariness, noun
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