One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the basic principles of criminal law’
fundamental, rudimentary, primary, principal, cardinal, chief, elementary, elemental, root
central, pivotal, critical, key, focal, salient, staple
essential, quintessential, bare-bones, stripped down, cut down, vital, necessary, indispensable, foundational, intrinsic, underlying, ingrained
2‘she got a basic salary plus a commission’
lowest, bottom, starting, ground, undermost
3‘all the rooms have basic cooking facilities’
plain, simple, unsophisticated, straightforward, adequate, unadorned, undecorated, unornamented, without frills
spartan, sparse, stark, severe, austere, limited, meagre, rudimentary, patchy, sketchy, minimal
modest, ordinary, unpretentious, unostentatious, unfussy, homely, homespun
rough, rough and ready, rough-hewn, crude, makeshift
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