basic

What's basic is what's essential, at the root or base of things. If you've got a basic understanding of differential equations, you can handle simple problems but might get tripped up by more difficult ones.

You can also speak of the basics. If your kitchen is outfitted with just the basics, you've got some bowls and pots and pans, but you probably don't have an apple corer or a candy thermometer. If you're hitchhiking across the Gobi Desert, you'll want to have the basics of conversational Mongolian down. You've probably heard basic in chemistry class, too: it's the opposite of acidic. A basic solution has a pH greater than 7 and turns litmus paper blue.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: basic

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adj
reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality
2
n
(usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant
3
adj
of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: basic
1

adj reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality

“a basic story line”
Synonyms:
canonic, canonical
standard
established or well-known or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence

adj pertaining to or constituting a base or basis

“a basic fact”
“the basic ingredients”
basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities”
Synonyms
basal, base
serving as or forming a base
elemental, elementary, primary
of or being the essential or basic part
fundamental, rudimentary, underlying
being or involving basic facts or principles
grassroots
fundamental
radical
arising from or going to the root or source
Antonyms:
incident, incidental
(sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence
omissible
capable of being left out
parenthetic, parenthetical
qualifying or explaining; placed or as if placed in parentheses
peripheral
related to the key issue but not of central importance
secondary
depending on or incidental to what is original or primary
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adj serving as a base or starting point

“a basic course in Russian”
basic training for raw recruits”
“a set of basic tools”
Synonyms:
introductory
first
preceding all others in time or space or degree
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n (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant

Synonyms:
staple
Type of:
commodity, good, trade good
articles of commerce
3

adj of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base

Synonyms
alkalic, alkaline
relating to or containing an alkali; having a pH greater than 7
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