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English definition of “elementary”

elementary

adjective     /ˌel.ɪˈmen.tər.i/ US  /-t̬ɚ-/
basic : I have an elementary knowledge of physics . They made some elementary mistakes . Millions of travellers fail to take even the most elementary of precautions .Easiness and simplicity B1 relating to the early stages of studying a subject : This book contains a series of elementary exercises for learners .Crude and basic
(Definition of elementary adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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