Primal meaning

prī'məl
The definition of primal is something primitive, primary or fundamental.

An example of something that would be described as primal is a mother's protective instincts towards her children.

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Being first in time; original; primeval.
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Of first importance; primary.
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First in time; original; primitive.
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First in importance; primary.
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Fundamental; basic.

The primal urge to procreate.

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Being the first in time, or history.

Primal man.

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Being of greatest importance; primary.
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(meat trade) Being one of the pieces of meat initially separated from the carcass during butchering, prior to division into smaller cuts.
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Origin of primal

  • Medieval Latin prīmālis from Latin prīmus first per1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Medieval Latin primalis, from primus, first.
    From Wiktionary