Variant of primitive
- 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: Middle 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
- Algebra, Geom. a form from which another is derived
- Gram. the form from which a certain word or other form has been derived; root; base
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