rudimentary

[ roo-duh-men-tuh-ree, -tree ]
/ ˌru dəˈmɛn tə ri, -tri /

adjective

pertaining to rudiments or first principles; elementary: a rudimentary knowledge of geometry.
of the nature of a rudiment; undeveloped or vestigial.

Nearby words

  1. rudely,
  2. ruderal,
  3. rudesby,
  4. rudesheimer,
  5. rudiment,
  6. rudiments,
  7. rudish,
  8. rudny,
  9. rudolf,
  10. rudolf i

Often ru·di·men·tal [roo-duh-men-tl] /ˌru dəˈmɛn tl/.

Origin of rudimentary

First recorded in 1830–40; rudiment + -ary

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British Dictionary definitions for rudimentary

rudimentary

less commonly rudimental

/ (ˌruːdɪˈmɛntərɪ) /

adjective

basic; fundamental; not elaborated or perfected
incompletely developed; vestigialrudimentary leaves
Derived Formsrudimentarily or rare rudimentally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for rudimentary

rudimentary

adj.

1827; see rudiment + -ary. Earlier was rudimental (1590s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for rudimentary

rudimentary

[ rōō′də-mĕntə-rē, -mĕntrē ]

adj.

Being imperfectly or incompletely developed; embryonic.
Being in the earliest stages of development; incipient.

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