Definition of Rudimentary

1. Adjective. Being or involving basic facts or principles. "Underlying principles"

Exact synonyms: Fundamental, Underlying
Similar to: Basic



2. Adjective. Being in the earliest stages of development. "Rudimentary plans"
Similar to: Incomplete, Uncomplete
Derivative terms: Rudiment

3. Adjective. Not fully developed in mature animals. "Rudimentary wings"
Exact synonyms: Vestigial
Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Similar to: Undeveloped
Derivative terms: Rudiment

Definition of Rudimentary

1. a. Of or pertaining to rudiments; consisting in first principles; elementary; initial; as, rudimental essays.

Definition of Rudimentary

1. Adjective. of or relating to one or more rudiments ¹

2. Adjective. Basic; minimal; with less than, or only the minimum, necessary. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rudimentary

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Rudimentary

1. Poorly developed and not functional. Compare: vestigial, obsolete. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rudimentary

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rudimentary (current term)
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Literary usage of Rudimentary

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1. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1909)
"CHAPTER XIV MUTUAL AFFINITIES OF ORGANIC BEINGS: MORPHOLOGY: EMBRYOLOGY: rudimentary ORGANS Classification, groups subordinate to groups—Natural ..."

2. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection by Charles Darwin (1878)
"rudimentary, Atrophied, and Aborted Organs. Organs or parts in this strange condition, bearing the plain stamp of inutility, are extremely common, ..."

3. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1909)
"CHAPTER XIV MUTUAL AFFINITIES OF ORGANIC BEINGS: MORPHOLOGY: EMBRYOLOGY: rudimentary ORGANS Classification, groups subordinate to groups—Natural ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"Such an original or rudimentary stage of the dramatic art is presented by children, ... The original or rudimentary type of the profession of imitative ..."

5. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1874)
"On the Diverticulum of the Small Intestine considered aa a rudimentary Structure. ... leads to the inference that this worm-like appendage is a rudimentary ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Post-orbital processes of the frontale exist only in the Squirrel?, Marmots, and Hares ; in all other genera they are rudimentary or altogether absent ..."

7. The Germ-plasm: A Theory of Heredity by August Weismann (1893)
"Reversion to rudimentary Characters. It is well known that organs which have lost their value for the preservation of the species become rudimentary in the ..."

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