noun a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization
noun a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived
noun a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms
- `pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived
adjective satellite belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness
- the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man
- primitive movies of the 1890s
- primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mountains
adjective satellite little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type
- archaic forms of life
- primitive mammals
- the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe
adjective satellite used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies
adjective satellite of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style
- primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking
, fr. primus
the first: cf. F. primitif
. See Prime
- Of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early times; original; primordial; primeval; first; as, primitive innocence; the primitive church. "Our primitive great sire."
- Of or pertaining to a former time; old-fashioned; characterized by simplicity; as, a primitive style of dress.
- Original; primary; radical; not derived; as, primitive verb in grammar.
Syn. -- First; original; radical; pristine; ancient; primeval; antiquated; old-fashioned.
- An original or primary word; a word not derived from another; -- opposed to derivative.
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