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Definition 1: (usually in the plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for basic in the sense of this definition

(basic is a kind of ...) articles of commerce

(basic is used in the usage domain ...) the form of a word that is used to denote more than one

Definition 2: 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 - [noun denoting communication]

(basic is a kind of ...) (computer science) a language designed for programming computers

Definition 3: pertaining to or constituting a base or basis - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where basic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a basic fact
  • the basic ingredients
  • basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities

(basic is similar to ...) serving as or forming a base

"the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats"

(basic is similar to ...) of or being the essential or basic part

"an elementary need for love and nurturing" "a basal reader"

(basic is similar to ...) being or involving basic facts or principles

"the fundamental laws of the universe" "a fundamental incompatibility between them" "these rudimentary truths" "underlying principles"

(basic is similar to ...) fundamental

"the grassroots factor in making the decision"

(basic is similar to ...) arising from or going to the root or source

"a radical flaw in the plan"

Definition 4: of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(basic is similar to ...) relating to or containing an alkali; having a pH greater than 7

"alkaline soils derived from chalk or limestone"

(basic belongs to category ...) the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions

Definition 5: reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where basic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a basic story line
  • a canonical syllable pattern

Synonyms for basic in the sense of this definition

(basic is similar to ...) established or well-known or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence

"a standard reference work" "the classical argument between free trade and protectionism"

Definition 6: serving as a base or starting point - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where basic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a basic course in Russian
  • basic training for raw recruits
  • a set of basic tools
  • an introductory art course

Synonyms for basic in the sense of this definition

(basic is similar to ...) preceding all others in time or space or degree

"the first house on the right" "the first day of spring" "his first political race" "her first baby" "the first time" "the first meetings of the new party" "the first phase of his training"

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