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basic

ba·sic

basic

 
pronunciation:
beI sihk
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of, forming, or at the base or basis.
The basic structure of the homes is the same although the exteriors differ.
synonyms:
bottom, fundamental
similar words:
basal, basilar, central, elemental, elementary, essential, prime, principal, radical, underlying, vital
definition 2: necessary as a foundation; fundamental.
After you acquire a basic knowledge of the subject, you can move on to advanced topics.
synonyms:
basal, essential, fundamental
antonyms:
inessential, secondary
similar words:
bottom, central, elemental, elementary, necessary, primary, prime, radical, rudimentary, staple, substantial, true, ultimate, underlying, vital, working
definition 3: of or pertaining to a chemical base.
synonyms:
alkaline
similar words:
antacid
 
part of speech: noun
definition: (often pl.) something basic or fundamental.
I learned the basics of welding.
 
synonyms:
ABC's, fundamentals, nuts and bolts
similar words:
brass tacks, elements, essentials, nitty-gritty, rudiments
derivation: basically (adv.)
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  • basic belief:
    an important idea that forms the basis of something.
  • basic right:
    a right of any person, especially a right promised by a constitution.
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