basic

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. fundamental, essential; alkaline. See intrinsic, inorganic matter.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. essential, central, primary, elementary; see fundamental 1 , necessary 1 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
fundamental, rudiment, essential, nuts and bolts.
II
a.
fundamental, rudimentary, essential, primary, vital, elementary, key, necessary.
ANT.: nonessential, superfluous, extra
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Of or being an irreducible element: elemental, elementary, essential, fundamental, primitive, ultimate, underlying. See SURFACE. 2. Constituting or forming part of the essence of something: constitutional, constitutive, essential, fundamental, integral, vital. See BE, SURFACE. 3. Of or treating the most basic aspects: basal, beginning, elementary, rudimental, rudimentary. See SIMPLE, START. 4. Arising from or going to the root or source: basal, foundational, fundamental, original, primary, radical, underlying. See SURFACE. II noun A fundamental irreducible constituent of a whole: element, essential, fundamental, rudiment (often used in plural). Idiom: part and parcel. See PART.

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