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Definition of basic adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1forming the part of something that is most necessary and from which other things develop basic information/facts/ideas the basic principles of law basic to something Drums are basic to African music.
  2. 2of the simplest kind or at the simplest level The campsite provided only basic facilities. My knowledge of French is pretty basic.
  3. 3[only before noun] necessary and important to all people basic human rights the cost of basic foods
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