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ADJECTIVE (3)

1. being or involving basic facts or principles;
- Example: "the fundamental laws of the universe"
- Example: "a fundamental incomatibility between them"
- Example: "these rudimentary truths"
- Example: "underlying principles"
[syn: fundamental, rudimentary, underlying]

2. being in the earliest stages of development;
- Example: "rudimentary plans"

3. not fully developed in mature animals;
- Example: "rudimentary wings"
[syn: vestigial, rudimentary]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rudimentary \Ru`di*men"ta*ry\, a. [Cf. F. rudimentaire.] 1. Of or pertaining to rudiments; consisting in first principles; elementary; initial; as, rudimental essays. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) Very imperfectly developed; in an early stage of development; embryonic. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

rudimentary adj 1: being or involving basic facts or principles; "the fundamental laws of the universe"; "a fundamental incomatibility between them"; "these rudimentary truths"; "underlying principles" [syn: fundamental, rudimentary, underlying] 2: being in the earliest stages of development; "rudimentary plans" 3: not fully developed in mature animals; "rudimentary wings" [syn: vestigial, rudimentary]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

121 Moby Thesaurus words for "rudimentary": Lilliputian, Tom Thumb, abecedarian, aboriginal, antenatal, arrested, autochthonous, backward, basal, basic, basilar, beginning, budding, central, coarse, creative, crucial, crude, dumpy, dwarf, dwarfed, dwarfish, elemental, elementary, elfin, embryonic, essential, fetal, first, formative, foundational, fundamental, generative, genetic, germinal, gestatory, immature, imperfect, in embryo, in its infancy, in ovo, in the bud, in the rough, inaugural, inceptive, inchoate, inchoative, incipient, incunabular, infant, infantile, initial, initiative, initiatory, introductory, inventive, meager, midget, nanoid, nascent, natal, original, oversimple, parturient, postnatal, pregnant, prenatal, primal, primary, prime, primeval, primitive, primogenial, primordial, pristine, procreative, protogenic, pygmy, radical, reductionistic, reductive, rough, roughcast, roughhewn, rude, rudimental, runty, scraggy, scrubby, seminal, shriveled, shrunk, shrunken, simplistic, squat, stunted, unblown, uncultivated, uncultured, uncut, underdeveloped, underlying, undersize, undersized, undeveloped, unfashioned, unfinished, unformed, unhewn, unlabored, unlicked, unpolished, unprocessed, unrefined, unshaped, untreated, unworked, unwrought, ur, vestigial, wizened