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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]


Easy and not involved or complicated


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


easy (posing no difficulty; requiring little effort)

Sense 2elementary [BACK TO TOP]


Of or being the essential or basic part


elementary; elemental; primary

Context example:

an elementary need for love and nurturing


basic (pertaining to or constituting a base or basis)

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