Definition of rudimentary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌruːdɪˈmɛnt(ə)ri/


1Involving or limited to basic principles: he received a rudimentary education
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  • A large proportion are children who have barely obtained rudimentary education and live in shacks without basic amenities.
  • Field commanders were tethered to and limited by a very rudimentary logistics infrastructure.
  • As a result of the mismatches, selection was made according to rudimentary principles.
basic, elementary, introductory, early, primary, initial, first;
fundamental, essential
rare rudimental
1.1Relating to an immature, undeveloped, or basic form: a rudimentary stage of evolution
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  • 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.
  • They have small, rudimentary clavicles, a small procoracoid process, no syrinx, and reduced caeca.
primitive, crude, simple, unsophisticated, rough, rough and ready, makeshift, rude
vestigial, undeveloped, incomplete, embryonic, immature;
technical abortive, primitive, obsolete



Pronunciation: /ˌruːdɪˈmɛnt(ə)rɪli/
Example sentences
  • The second form of electoral corruption, on the other hand, would seem to thrive in a more rudimentarily organised and generally less politically aware society.
  • Care went village to village, asked if there was any girl or woman who could read or write, however rudimentarily, and turned them into volunteer teachers.
  • Keen should talk to a lawyer/solicitor/barrister to become at least rudimentarily acquainted with the law.


Pronunciation: /-ˈmɛnt(ə)rɪnɪs/

Words that rhyme with rudimentary

alimentary, complementary, complimentary, documentary, elementary, parliamentary, sedimentary, supplementary, testamentary

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