A primitive cabin
- An example of primitive is a society that has not yet developed or industrialized.
- An example of primitive is a cabin in the woods as your sleeping accommodations.
- An example of primitive is the urge to eat or use the bathroom.
- of or existing in the beginning or the earliest times or ages; ancient; original
- characteristic or imitative of the earliest ages
- crude, simple, rough, uncivilized, etc.
- not derivative; primary; basic
- Anthrop. of or having to do with a preliterate, generally isolated, culture with a relatively low level of technology
- designating or of an organism, organ, etc. at the starting point of its evolutionary development or very little evolved from early ancestral types
- primordial (sense )
Origin of primitiveMiddle English primitif from Middle French from Classical Latin primitivus from primus, first: see prime
- a primitive person or thing
- an artist or a work of art of an early, esp. preliterate, culture
- an artist or a work of art that shows ingenuousness and lack of formal training
- a form from which another is derived
- Gram. the form from which a certain word or other form has been derived; root; base
- a. Of or relating to an early or original stage or state; primeval: life in the primitive ocean.b. Occurring in or characteristic of an early stage of development or evolution: fossils of primitive angiosperms from the Cretaceous Period.c. Having developed early in the evolutionary history of a group: Hair is a primitive trait of mammals.d. Regarded as having changed little in evolutionary history. Not in scientific use: The coelacanth is a primitive fish.
- Characterized by simplicity or crudity; unsophisticated: primitive weapons.
- Of or relating to a nonindustrial, often tribal culture, especially one that is characterized by an absence of literacy and a low level of economic or technological complexity: primitive societies.
- Not derived from something else; primary or basic: “Conscious perception is … the most primitive form of judgment” ( Alfred North Whitehead )
- Linguistics a. Serving as the basis for derived or inflected forms: Pick is the primitive word from which picket is derived.b. Being a protolanguage: primitive Germanic.
- Not resulting from conscious thought or deliberation; unconscious or instinctual: primitive passions.
- a. Of or created by an artist without formal training; simple or naive in style.b. Of or relating to late medieval or pre-Renaissance European painters or sculptors.
- A person belonging to a nonindustrial, often tribal society, especially a society characterized by a low level of economic or technological complexity.
- Derogatory An unsophisticated or unintelligent person.
- One that is at a low or early stage of development.
- a. One belonging to an early stage in the development of an artistic trend, especially a painter of the pre-Renaissance period.b. An artist having or affecting a simple, direct, unschooled style, as of painting.c. A work of art created by a primitive artist.
- Linguistics a. A word or word element from which another word is derived by morphological or historical processes or from which inflected forms are derived.b. A basic and indivisible unit of linguistic analysis. Also called prime .
- Mathematics An algebraic or geometric expression from which another expression is derived.
- Computers A basic or fundamental unit of machine instruction or translation.
Origin of primitiveMiddle English from Old French primitif, primitive from Latin prīmitīvus from prīmitus at first from prīmus first ; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
- prim′i·tive·ness prim′i·tiv′i·ty
- An original or primary word; a word not derived from another, as opposed to derivative.
- A member of a primitive society.
- A simple-minded person.
- (computing, programming) A data type that is built into the programming language, as opposed to more complex structures.
- A basic geometric shape from which more complex shapes can be constructed.
- (mathematics) A function whose derivative is a given function; an antiderivative.
(comparative more primitive, superlative most primitive)
- Of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early times; original; primordial; primeval; first.
- primitive innocence; the primitive church
- Of or pertaining to or harking back to a former time; old-fashioned; characterized by simplicity.
- a primitive style of dress
- (grammar) Original; primary; radical; not derived.
- a primitive verb
- (biology) Occurring in or characteristic of an early stage of development or evolution.
primitive - Computer Definition
(1) See primitive data type.
(2) In computer graphics, an element that is used as a building block for creating images, such as a point, line, arc, cone or sphere.
(3) In programming, a fundamental instruction, statement or operation. See machine instruction.
(4) In microprogramming, a microinstruction, or elementary machine operation. See microcode.