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Dictionary definition for: Basic

1. (n) 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

2. (a) pertaining to or constituting a base or basis; "a basic fact" "the basic ingredients" "basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities"

3. (n) (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant

4. (s) reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality; "a basic story line" "a canonical syllable pattern"

5. (s) of primary importance; "basic truths"

6. (s) serving as a base or starting point; "a basic course in Russian" "basic training for raw recruits" "a set of basic tools" "an introductory art course"

7. (s) of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base

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