Share this entry
rudimentary Line breaks: ru¦di|men¦tary
Pronunciation: /ˌruːdɪˈmɛnt(ə)ri/

Definition of rudimentary in English:


1Involving or limited to basic principles: he received a rudimentary education
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1Relating to an immature, undeveloped, or basic form: a rudimentary stage of evolution
More example sentences
  • 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.
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.

Words that rhyme with rudimentary

alimentary, complementary, complimentary, documentary, elementary, parliamentary, sedimentary, supplementary, testamentary
Definition of rudimentary in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Related Words