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Adjective: primitive  pree-mi-tiv
  1. Belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness
    "primitive movies of the 1890s";
    - crude, rude
     
  2. Little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type
    "primitive mammals"; "the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe";
    - archaic
     
  3. (anthropology) used of preliterate, tribal or nonindustrial societies
    "primitive societies"
     
  4. (fine arts) of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style
    "primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colourful and striking";
    - naive, naïve
Noun: primitive  pree-mi-tiv
  1. A person who belongs to an early stage of civilization
    - primitive person
     
  2. A mathematical expression from which another expression is derived
     
  3. A word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms
    "'pick' is the primitive from which 'picket' is derived"

Derived forms: primitives

See also: early, jackleg [US], noncivilised [Brit], noncivilized, untrained

Type of: expression, formula, individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul, word

Encyclopedia: Primitive