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English definition of “elementary”

elementary

adjective  /ˌel·əˈmen·tri, -ˈmen·tə·ri/ us  

elementary adjective (BASIC)

simple or easy; basic: I’m taking a course in elementary Russian.

elementary adjective (OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCE)

chemistry, physics [not gradable] relating to the chemical elements: The elementary charge (= the electrical charge in the nuclear material of an element) is one of the constants that characterizes the basic particles of matter.
(Definition of elementary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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