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rudimentary

adjective

Definition: 1. basic or elementary; 2. primitive, underdeveloped

Synonyms: basic, underdeveloped, elementary, fundamental

Antonyms: advanced

Tips: In biology, rudimentary describes an organ that is underdeveloped or undeveloped. Rudimentary is often used to describe something that is very basic and simple, with the idea that something more complete or elaborate will come. Remember: rudimentary rhymes with elementary.

Usage Examples:

In my undergraduate chemistry course, all we learned were rudimentary theories and facts. (basic, elementary)

In order to be a successful structural engineer, it is helpful to have at least a rudimentary understanding of mechanical engineering. (elementary, basic, fundamental)

Our plans are still rudimentary, but we feel confident that we can make this business model work. (underdeveloped)

Here is a rudimentary outline for next week’s presentation; please get back to me with any comments so that I can address them in the next version. (basic, not fully developed)


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