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basic adj
1 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" [ant: incidental]
2 reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality; "a basic story line"; "a canonical syllable pattern" [syn: canonic, canonical]
3 of primary importance; "basic truths" [syn: basal, primary]
4 serving as a base or starting point; "a basic course in Russian"; "basic training for raw recruits"; "a set of basic tools"; "an introductory art course" [syn: introductory]
5 of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base


1 a popular programming language that is relatively easy to learn; an acronym for beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code; no longer in general use
2 (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant [syn: staple]

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base + -ic



basic (plural: basics)
  1. A necessary commodity, a staple requirement.
    Rice is a basic for many Asian villagers.
  2. An elementary building block, e.g. a fundamental piece of knowledge.
    Arithmetic is a basic for the study of mathematics.


A necessary commodity, a staple requirement
An elementary building block


  1. necessary, essential for life or some process.
    Flour is a basic ingredient of bread.
  2. elementary, simple, fundamental, merely functional.
    The Hotel Sparta's accommodation is purely basic.
  3. Of or pertaining to a base; antonym of acidic


necessary, essential for life or some process
elementary, simple, merely functional
of a base (chemistry)

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Extensive Definition

Basic may be:
basic in German: Basic
basic in French: Basic
basic in Korean: 베이직 (동음이의)
basic in Italian: Basic
basic in Japanese: ベーシック
basic in Simple English: Basic

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