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ELEMENTARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does elementary mean? 

ELEMENTARY (adjective)
  The adjective ELEMENTARY has 2 senses:

1. easy and not involved or complicated
2. of or being the essential or basic part

  Familiarity information: ELEMENTARY used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ELEMENTARY (adjective)


Sense 1elementary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Easy and not involved or complicated

Synonyms:

elementary; unproblematic; simple; uncomplicated

Context examples:

an elementary problem in statistics / elementary, my dear Watson / a simple game / found an uncomplicated solution to the problem

Similar:

easy (posing no difficulty; requiring little effort)


Sense 2elementary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or being the essential or basic part

Synonyms:

elementary; elemental; primary

Context example:

an elementary need for love and nurturing

Similar:

basic (pertaining to or constituting a base or basis)


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