Definition of rudimentary in English:

rudimentary

adjective

  • 1Involving or limited to basic principles.

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

Pronunciation

rudimentary

/ˌrudəˈmɛnt(ə)ri//ˌro͞odəˈment(ə)rē/