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Adjective: primal  prI-mul
  1. Serving as an essential component
    "a primal rule";
    - cardinal, central, fundamental, key
  2. Having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state
    "primal eras before the appearance of life on earth";
    - aboriginal, primeval, primaeval, primordial

See also: early, important, of import

Encyclopedia: Primal