Primitive meaning

prĭm'ĭ-tĭv
Of or relating to an early or original stage or state; primeval.

Life in the primitive ocean.

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The definition of primitive is something lacking in sophistication, or not advanced, or bare-bones condition or instincts that resemble animal-instincts and don't require thought.

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.

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Characterized by simplicity or crudity; unsophisticated.

Primitive weapons.

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Not derived from something else; primary or basic.
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Not resulting from conscious thought or deliberation; unconscious or instinctual.

Primitive passions.

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Occurring in or characteristic of an early stage of development or evolution.

Fossils of primitive angiosperms from the Cretaceous Period.

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Having developed early in the evolutionary history of a group.

Hair is a primitive trait of mammals.

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Regarded as having changed little in evolutionary history. Not in scientific use.

The coelacanth is a primitive fish.

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Serving as the basis for derived or inflected forms.

Pick is the primitive word from which picket is derived.

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Being a protolanguage.

Primitive Germanic.

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Of or created by an artist without formal training; simple or naive in style.
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Of or relating to late medieval or pre-Renaissance European painters or sculptors.
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A person belonging to a nonindustrial, often tribal society, especially a society characterized by a low level of economic or technological complexity.
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An unsophisticated or unintelligent person.
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An algebraic or geometric expression from which another expression is derived.
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A basic or fundamental unit of machine instruction or translation.
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One belonging to an early stage in the development of an artistic trend, especially a painter of the pre-Renaissance period.
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An artist having or affecting a simple, direct, unschooled style, as of painting.
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A work of art created by a primitive artist.
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A word or word element from which another word is derived by morphological or historical processes or from which inflected forms are derived.
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A basic and indivisible unit of linguistic analysis.
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Of or existing in the beginning or the earliest times or ages; ancient; original.
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Not derivative; primary; basic.
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Of or having to do with a preliterate, generally isolated, culture with a relatively low level of technology.
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Characteristic or imitative of the earliest ages.
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Crude, simple, rough, uncivilized, etc.
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Designating or of an organism, organ, etc. at the starting point of its evolutionary development or very little evolved from early ancestral types.
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A primitive person or thing.
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A form from which another is derived.
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The form from which a certain word or other form has been derived; root; base.
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An artist or a work of art of an early, esp. preliterate, culture.
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An artist or a work of art that shows ingenuousness and lack of formal training.
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Relating to an early or original stage.
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Having evolved very little from an early type. Lampreys and sturgeon are primitive fishes.
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An original or primary word; a word not derived from another, as opposed to derivative.
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A member of a primitive society.
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A simple-minded person.
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(computing, programming) A data type that is built into the programming language, as opposed to more complex structures.
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A basic geometric shape from which more complex shapes can be constructed.
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(mathematics) A function whose derivative is a given function; an antiderivative.
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Of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early times; original; primordial; primeval; first.

Primitive innocence; the primitive church.

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Of or pertaining to or harking back to a former time; old-fashioned; characterized by simplicity.

A primitive style of dress.

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(grammar) Original; primary; radical; not derived.

A primitive verb.

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(biology) Occurring in or characteristic of an early stage of development or evolution.
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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.

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One that is at a low or early stage of development.
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Origin of primitive

Middle English from Old French primitif, primitive from Latin prīmitīvus from prīmitus at first from prīmus first per1 in Indo-European roots