WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
el•e•men•ta•ry /ˌɛləˈmɛntəri/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. of or relating to the simplest principles;
    plain:The nurse took elementary precautions like boiling the water.
  2. of or relating to an elementary school:elementary education.
  3. Physicsof the nature of the most basic particles;
    that cannot be broken down.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
el•e•men•ta•ry  (el′ə mentə rē, -trē),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. pertaining to or dealing with elements, rudiments, or first principles:an elementary grammar.
  2. of or pertaining to an elementary school:elementary teachers.
  3. of the nature of an ultimate constituent; simple or uncompounded.
  4. pertaining to the four elements, earth, water, air, and fire, or to the great forces of nature;
  5. Chemistryof or noting one or more elements.
el•e•men•tar•i•ly  (el′ə men terə lē),USA pronunciation adv.  el′e•menta•ri•ness, n. 
  • Latin elementārius. See element, -ary
  • Middle French elementaire)
  • late Middle English elementare ( 1400–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Elementary, primary, rudimentary refer to what is basic and fundamental.
      Elementary refers to the introductory, simple, easy facts or parts of a subject that must necessarily be learned first in order to understand succeeding ones:elementary arithmetic.Primary may mean much the same as
      however, it usually emphasizes the idea of what comes first even more than that of simplicity:primary steps.Rudimentary applies to what is undeveloped or imperfect:a rudimentary form of government.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

elementary /ˌɛlɪˈmɛntərɪ -trɪ/ adj
  1. not difficult; simple; rudimentary
  2. of or concerned with the first principles of a subject; introductory or fundamental
  3. another word for elemental

ˌeleˈmentariness n

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