elementary

[ el-uh-men-tuh-ree, -tree ]SEE DEFINITION OF elementary
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The Germanic invasions of France are matters of elementary history.

He had received an elementary education; could read, write, and cipher.

Margaret flushed at advice so elementary, but he was really paving the way for a lie.

Yet without some reconciliation of these elementary ideas thought was impossible.

In a few places, elementary or introductory courses are open to freshmen.

Familiarity, likewise, with the most elementary uses of mathematics should be insured.

An elementary course followed by a course in descriptive geometry.

That's elementary sophistry, but I invented it, and I'm strong for it.

But it is necessary to say that the method is in an elementary stage of revival.

Sugden on Powers, has been said to be second to no elementary law book.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "having the nature of one of the four elements," from Middle French elementaire and directly from Latin elementarius, from elementum (see element). Meaning "rudimentary" is from 1540s; meaning "simple" is from 1620s. Elementary school is 1841.

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