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Adjective: elemental  ,e-lu'men-t(u)l
  1. Relating to or being an element
    "elemental sulphur"
     
  2. Relating to severe atmospheric conditions
    "a race against hail or cold rains or some other elemental catastrophe"
     
  3. Of or being the essential or basic part
    "an elemental need for love and nurturing";
    - elementary, primary

See also: basic

Encyclopedia: Elemental