Definition of elementary in English:

elementary

Line breaks: elem|en¦tary
Pronunciation: /ɛlɪˈmɛnt(ə)ri
 
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adjective

  • 2Not decomposable into elements or other primary constituents.
    More example sentences
    • Another theoretical advantage of RFA is that it denatures viral proteins without a plume and its by products are elementary molecules and low molecular weight inert gases.
    • It is hardly fanciful to say that, at the beginning of the century, scientific understanding was equated with reducing structures, including that of the mind, to their elementary constituents.
    • Its perceptual configurations have been thought to have a special relevance to the emergence of formal artistic qualities which cannot be reduced to a measurable aggregate of more elementary constituents.

Derivatives

elementarily

adverb

elementariness

noun
More example sentences
  • Complex heterogeneity is not suppressed by any refinement of focus, nor are simplicity, autonomy, elementariness, ever approached.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'composed of the four elements, earth, air, fire, and water'): from Latin elementarius, from elementum 'principle, rudiment' (see element). Current senses date from the mid 16th century.

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