What does the word basic mean?

    Part of speech: adjective

  • Of, pertaining to, or like a base.

Usage examples for basic

  1. Super- refinement puts a man out of sympathy with much that is basic in humanity, and it needs a great love, or a great sacrifice of feeling, to condone it. – The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him by Paul Leicester Ford
  2. To elucidate the basic principle of Edison's method, let the crushed ore fall in a thin stream past such a magnet. – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  3. But it was a basic belief of these two gentlemen that " a beating is never wasted on a woman." – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards