basic


basic
adjective
1 forming the main or most necessary part of something: a meeting to discuss the basic structure of the department | the basic principles of mathematics
2 at the simplest or least developed level: My knowledge of German is pretty basic. | The farm lacks even basic equipment.
3 basic salary/pay etc the amount of money that you are paid before any special payments are added
4 (only before noun) basic desires, rights etc, are ones that everyone has: Basic human rights are still denied in many countries.
-see also: basics basically /'beIsIkli/ adverb
1 (sentence adverb) spoken used when giving the most important reason or fact about something, or a simple explanation of something: Basically, I just don't have enough money. | Well, basically, it's a matter of filling in a few forms.
2 in the main or most important ways, without considering additional details or differences: The two structures are basically the same. | He's basically a nice guy.
3 in a very simple way, with only the things that are completely necessary: The office was very basically equipped.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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