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rudimentary

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Definition basic level; or early stages
  • "I'm looking for Sadhar Khan," Mortenson said, in the rudimentary Dari he'd coaxed Kais to teach him on the drive out of Kabul.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • But the original was there as well'more jaded and rudimentary, functional rather than romantic.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • The processes of disinfection were, at that epoch, extremely rudimentary.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • My eyes moved across all the rudimentary instruments and silent control panels arranged on either side of the cramped walkway.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • They seemed to me to be rudimental, burrowing men, still standing on their defence, awaiting their transformation.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • She does understand herself, she has some rudimentary control over her own growth.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Few, if any, of my ancestors were ever given the privilege of the most rudimentary schooling, forget education.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Hiro, who has a rudimentary knowledge of electrical stuff, acts as gofer and limp-dicked adviser.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The rudimentary precautions to keep our imprisonment endurable he would not observe.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • I've been told that all men are artists to a certain extent, so that everyone is capable of creating something, if only on a rudimentary level.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • Your sense of humour is rudimentary, my son.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • They didn't need my rudimentary little pointers.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Too often our conversations were less a joyous exchange of affection than a rudimentary exchange of information.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • Formal culture has always belonged to the first, while the last have had to content themselves with folk or rudimentary culture, or kitsch.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • It might be worthwhile to take a step back and ask a rudimentary question: what is a gun?
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • It affected him as the ignorance of a companion, otherwise without reproach, touching some rudimentary branch of learning would have done.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • No one had given him even the rudimentary data of the somewhat rudimentary life of an American university.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Or, far more important, what of a more rudimentary nervous system?
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • The relief was elliptical, about three feet long, and carved with a rudimentary face-a depiction of the West Wind as an angel-like countenance.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It's rudimentary at best.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay

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