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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (rudimentary)
a. elementary
La escuela ofrece un curso de portugués elemental.The school offers a course on elementary Portuguese.
b. basic
Estudié negocios y tengo un conocimiento elemental de contaduría.I studied business and have a basic knowledge of accounting.
2. (foundational)
a. fundamental
Se infringieron los derechos fundamentales del prisionero.The fundamental rights of the prisoners were infringed.
b. essential
La libertad es un componente elemental de la democracia.Freedom is an essential component of democracy.
3. (relating to the elements)
a. elemental
Hoy en la clase de física hablamos de las partículas elementales.Today in physics class we talked about elemental particles.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (básico)
a. basic
2. (obvio)
a. obvious
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1 (básico, rudimentario) elementary
un curso de inglés elemental an elementary English course; tiene nociones elementales de matemáticas she's got a basic knowledge of maths; eso va en contra de las reglas de cortesía más elementales that's contrary to the most basic standards of politeness
2 [+derecho, principio] basic
es un derecho elemental del ciudadano los principios elementales de la democracia
3 (necesario) essential
saber inglés es elemental para este trabajo a knowledge of English is essential for this job
4 (de los elementos) elemental
física elemental elemental o elementary physics
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