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Elementary

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Eleméntary. adj. [from elementary.] Uncompounded; having only one principle or constituent part.

All rain water contains in it a copious sediment of terrestrial matter, and is not a simple elementary water. Ray on the Creat.

The elementary salts of animals are not the same as they appear by distillation. Arbuthnot on Aliments.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (225) · Ray, John (59)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Elementary." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 6, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=12872.


  1. In later editions, the etymology was corrected to read:
    [from element.]

  2. Brandi on December 6th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

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