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adjective as in basic

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I have never had to deal with alkaline soil, but a few farmers have told me the fastest way to correct it is a heavy application of elemental sulfur.

So Jupiter’s elemental recipe should resemble the sun’s — at least for elements that were gases.

Running fast, jumping high, and throwing objects a long way are elemental human pursuits at the core of many other sports like soccer, football, and basketball.

From Quartz

In the early 2000s, Seattle’s boosters marketed the city with an ad campaign called “Metronatural,” showing a kayak atop a car on a downtown street to sell the idea that the great outdoors was elemental to life there.

By analyzing the star’s elemental makeup, which is like a star’s genetic instruction book, astronomers peered back into the star’s family history.

The word primitive does not do justice to the elemental nature of dining in one of the great barbecue parlors of this region.

Instead, like millions of her generation who remember a land before loss, what she really wants is something more elemental.

"It's all very elemental," is how designer Phillip Lim described his Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

He returned medicine to its most elemental form—a profession that tries to help out someone who is sick.

Yet it does point out how elemental health and health care are—for both citizens and those running for election.

But there was another storm raging in those streets, more terrible than any elemental warfare.

In such, or fitter words, does Camille evoke the Elemental Powers, in this great moment.

They deal with the most elemental religious conceptions and are full of the imagery of nature.

Behind each of those tiny garret windows lurks life—life in its most elemental costume.

There is a time for all things, even for the elemental talk of frontiersmen on a holiday.


On this page you'll find 33 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to elemental, such as: elementary, constituent, primitive, primordial, and rudimental.

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