Definition of elemental adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌelɪˈmentl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌelɪˈmentl//
    [usually before noun] (formal)
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  1. 1wild and powerful; like the forces of nature the elemental fury of the storm
  2. 2basic and important an elemental truth
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent.: from medieval Latin elementalis, from elementum ‘principle, rudiment’, translating Greek stoikheion ‘step, component part’.
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