1 chiefDictionary • His primary aim in life is to be happy.
chief • Financial stress is acknowledged as a chief reason for divorce.
leading • Britain's future as a leading industrial nation depends on investment.
best • He was the best player in the world for most of the 1950s.
first • The first priority for development is to defeat inflation.
top • He was the top student in physics.
prime • Political stability is a prime concern.
principal • Their principal concern is that of winning the next election.
dominant • She was a dominant figure in the film industry.
cardinal • As a salesman, your cardinal rule is to do everything you can to satisfy the customer.
paramount • The welfare of the children must be of paramount importance.
2 basicDictionary • our primary needs of air, food and water
basic • Access to justice is a basic right.
essential • Two essential elements must be proven: motive and opportunity.
radical • the radical differences between them
fundamental • the fundamental principles of democracy
ultimate • the ultimate cause of what's happened
underlying • To stop a problem you have to understand its underlying causes.
elemental • the elemental theory of music
3 majorDictionary • the primary cause of the disease
major • We heard extracts from three of his major works.
main • My main concern now is to protect the children.
foremost • He was one of the world's foremost scholars.
elementary • Literacy now includes elementary computer skills.
simple • The job itself had been simple enough.
introductory • an introductory course in religion and theology
rudimentary • He had only a rudimentary knowledge of French.
earliest • This is the earliest confirmed case of AIDS in the world.
original • The Dayaks were the original inhabitants of Borneo.
initial • The initial reaction has been excellent.
aboriginal • Most people acknowledge that the aboriginal people have had a rotten deal.
primitive • primitive birds from the dinosaur era
primal • Yeats's remarks about folklore and the primal religion
primordial • Twenty million years ago this was dense primordial forest.
primeval • a vast expanse of primeval swamp
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aboriginalThe aboriginal people or animals of a place are ones that have been there from the earliest known times or that were there before people or animals from other countries arrived.
• Most people acknowledge that the aboriginal people have had a rotten deal.
basicYou use basic to describe things, activities, and principles that are very important or necessary, and on which others depend.
• Access to justice is a basic right.
• He was the best player in the world for most of the 1950s.