1. easy and not involved or complicated

- an elementary problem in statistics

- elementary, my dear Watson

Similar word(s): easy, simple, uncomplicated, unproblematic

2. of or pertaining to or characteristic of elementary school or elementary education

- the elementary grades

- elementary teachers

3. of or being the essential or basic part

- an elementary need for love and nurturing

Similar word(s): basic, basal, elemental, primary