Definition of rudimentary in English:



  • 1Involving or limited to basic principles.

    ‘he received a rudimentary education’
    • ‘Several hours earlier we had been given a rudimentary map, told how to switch the engine on or off and that was it.’
    • ‘Local priests were drawn largely from the peasant communities they served and were probably afforded only rudimentary education.’
    • ‘Health and education services are rudimentary or non-existent.’
    • ‘The two events got me thinking about Adam Smith because, in some rudimentary way, they relate to a question of supply and demand.’
    • ‘They had few rights and a very rudimentary education, in some cases none if the money was not available to pay for it.’
    • ‘Medical, education and public infrastructure is almost non-existent and what is there is rudimentary.’
    • ‘In remote areas, there are not even roads let alone rudimentary education and health facilities.’
    • ‘The French built an infrastructure and created a rudimentary education system.’
    • ‘His rudimentary education prompted Lumumba to appoint him as his secretary for the duration of the negotiations.’
    • ‘With only a rudimentary education in Afrikaans they are denied access to a functional mastery of English.’
    • ‘The introduction is quite rudimentary, suitable for complete beginners to programming.’
    • ‘A large proportion are children who have barely obtained rudimentary education and live in shacks without basic amenities.’
    • ‘One of my proudest achievements as an adult is having picked up a rudimentary understanding of test cricket.’
    • ‘U.S. officials believe that a rudimentary missile defence system might be operational by 2005.’
    • ‘Having been brought up in the small village of Snitterfield he is likely to have received only a rudimentary education, and seems not to have learned to write.’
    • ‘As a result of the mismatches, selection was made according to rudimentary principles.’
    • ‘School inspectors' reports suggest that education was rudimentary.’
    • ‘The majority lack access to the most rudimentary services - health, education, welfare and even roads.’
    • ‘He spoke no English until the age of 12 and received only a rudimentary education.’
    • ‘Field commanders were tethered to and limited by a very rudimentary logistics infrastructure.’
    • ‘A rudimentary understanding of the inner-workings of cars is recommended but some beginners' classes start at square one.’
    basic, elementary, introductory, early, primary, initial, first
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    1. 1.1Relating to an immature, undeveloped, or basic form.
      ‘a rudimentary stage of evolution’
      • ‘Individuals have large broad heads with rudimentary eyes hidden under the skin.’
      • ‘Science has only a rudimentary internal moral navigation system.’
      • ‘In rare cases the first thoracic rib may be rudimentary and similar in appearance to cervical ribs.’
      • ‘The long bones of the limbs appeared as rudimentary ossicles.’
      • ‘The imaginal discs now develop into rudimentary adult appendages like wings, legs, and antennae.’
      • ‘It has one set of compound eyes like a fly's, one set of simple, rudimentary eyes, and multiple photoreceptors on its telson.’
      • ‘They have small, rudimentary clavicles, a small procoracoid process, no syrinx, and reduced caeca.’
      • ‘In the early seventies, aviation throwbacks would haul their rudimentary hang gliders up some remote hillock and leap off.’
      • ‘In his shabby Cologne apartment in 1973, Brinkmann used rudimentary means to improvise on a few scraps of paper.’
      • ‘They occur frequently in the mines, which often lack even rudimentary safety equipment such as ventilators to disperse the gas.’
      • ‘Mallory had only rudimentary oxygen equipment, no radio, a basic cotton tent and hobnail boots.’
      • ‘There is no evidence that primates have any, even rudimentary, human-like insight into the effect of their communications.’
      • ‘Occasionally babies are born without a thumb or with a rudimentary thumb.’
      • ‘The anterior tibial may be absent, rudimentary, or highly developed.’
      • ‘The rudimentary external genitalia are similarly common to male and female in the early weeks of fetal life.’
      • ‘When I first got into it, the visual language of television animation was very, very rudimentary.’
      • ‘Still another unusual feature which appeared in some of the later sauropods was rudimentary body armor.’
      • ‘Even as embryos, we possess many anatomical features of our future adult bodies, albeit often in rudimentary form.’
      • ‘The first digit, or dew claw, is rudimentary but clawed and does not contact the ground.’
      • ‘Although there is no substantive evidence of apes having a theory of mind, they may possess its precursor - a rudimentary self-awareness.’
      primitive, crude, simple, unsophisticated, rough, rough and ready, makeshift, rude
      vestigial, undeveloped, incomplete, embryonic, immature
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