basic etymology

English word basic comes from English base, English -ic

Detailed word origin of basic

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
base English (eng) (archaic) Of low social standing or rank; vulgar, common.. (legal) Not held by honourable service.. (now, rare) Inferior; unworthy, of poor quality.. (obsolete) Low in height; short.. (obsolete) Of illegitimate birth; bastard.. (obsolete) Of low value or degree.. Alloyed with inferior metal; debased.. Designating those metals which are not classed as precious or noble.. Low in place or [...]
-ic English (eng) (chemistry) Used to denote certain chemical compounds in which a specified chemical element has a higher oxidation number than in the equivalent compound whose name ends in the suffix -ous. For example sulphuric acid (H₂SO₄) has more oxygen atoms per molecule than sulphurous acid (H₂SO₃).. Used to form adjectives from nouns with the meaning “of or pertaining to”.
basic English (eng) (chemistry) Of or pertaining to a base; having a pH greater than 7.. (slang) Unremarkable or uninteresting; boring; uncool.. Elementary, simple, fundamental, merely functional.. Necessary, essential for life or some process. (military) Basic training.. A necessary commodity, a staple requirement.. An elementary building block, e.g. a fundamental piece of knowledge.

Words with the same origin as basic

Descendants of base
basically
Descendants of -ic
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