first rudiment

noun
the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural)
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he mastered only the rudiments of geometry

Syn: ↑rudiment, ↑first principle, ↑alphabet, ↑ABC, ↑ABC's, ↑ABCs
Usage Domain: ↑plural, ↑plural form

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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