basic, basal

Each of these words means "fundamental." Basal is rarely used except in such phrases as "basal metabolism," but basic is overused in the senses of "fundamental" and "bottom." Instead of referring to "Jim's basic problem in learning," why not say fundamental? Instead of writing "the basic salary for this position" why not refer to the bottom or starting salary?

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  • basal — basic, basal Both are 19c words. Basic is the normal word in general contexts, and has usurped the role of other words such as essential and fundamental. Basal is used only in technical contexts and has a physical meaning more clearly connected… …   Modern English usage

  • basic — basic, basal Both are 19c words. Basic is the normal word in general contexts, and has usurped the role of other words such as essential and fundamental. Basal is used only in technical contexts and has a physical meaning more clearly connected… …   Modern English usage

  • basal — See basic. See basic, basal …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • basic — See basic, basal …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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  • basal — index cardinal (basic), central (essential), elementary, essential (inherent), fundamental, nake …   Law dictionary

  • basal — basic, underlying, *fundamental, radical …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • basal — [bā′səl] adj. 1. of, at, or forming the base 2. being the base or basis; basic; fundamental 3. Bot. growing from the base of a stem basally adv …   English World dictionary

  • basic — 1 basal, *fundamental, underlying, radical Analogous words: principal, capital, *chief, main: primordial, *primary Antonyms: top: peak 2 *alkaline …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • basic — [adj] elementary, fundamental basal, capital, central, chief, elemental, essential, indispensable, inherent, intrinsic, key, main, necessary, primary, primitive, principal, radical, substratal, underlying, vital; concept 568 Ant. additional,… …   New thesaurus

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