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rudiment +‎ -ary


  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˌɹuːdɪˈmɛntəɹi/, /ˌɹuːdɪˈmɛnt͡ʃɹi/
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rudimentary (comparative more rudimentary, superlative most rudimentary)

  1. Of or relating to one or more rudiments.
    I have only a rudimentary grasp of chemistry.
  2. Basic; minimal; with less than, or only the minimum, necessary.
    His grasp of rudimentary English allowed him at least to do the shopping.
    His rudimentary driving skills meant that he was a danger on the road.
    • 2017 April 6, Samira Shackle, “On the frontline with Karachi’s ambulance drivers”, in the Guardian[1]:
      Safdar, in his rudimentary ambulance, has been at the frontline of the shifting conflicts consuming his city, placing himself at huge personal risk for very little money.

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rudimentary (plural rudimentaries)

  1. (zoology, usually in the plural) One of the rudimentary mammae of boars.