Definitions for primitiveˈprɪm ɪ tɪv

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. primitive, primitive person(noun)

    a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization

  2. primitive(noun)

    a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived

  3. primitive(adj)

    a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms

    "`pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived"

  4. crude, primitive, rude(adj)

    belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness

    "the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man"; "primitive movies of the 1890s"; "primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mountains"

  5. archaic, primitive(adj)

    little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type

    "archaic forms of life"; "primitive mammals"; "the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe"

  6. primitive(adj)

    used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies

    "primitive societies"

  7. primitive, naive(adj)

    of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style

    "primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking"

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. primitive(Noun)

    An original or primary word; a word not derived from another, as opposed to derivative.

  2. primitive(Noun)

    A data type that is built into the programming language, as opposed to more complex structures.

  3. primitive(Noun)

    A basic geometric shape from which more complex shapes can be constructed.

  4. primitive(Noun)

    A function whose derivative is a given function; an antiderivative.

  5. primitive(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early times; original; primordial; primeval; first; as, primitive innocence; the primitive church.

  6. primitive(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a former time; old-fashioned; characterized by simplicity; as, a primitive style of dress.

  7. primitive(Adjective)

    Original; primary; radical; not derived; as, primitive verb in grammar.

  8. primitive(Adjective)

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

  9. Origin: From primitif, from primitivus, from primus; see prime.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Primitive(adj)

    of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early times; original; primordial; primeval; first; as, primitive innocence; the primitive church

  2. Primitive(adj)

    of or pertaining to a former time; old-fashioned; characterized by simplicity; as, a primitive style of dress

  3. Primitive(adj)

    original; primary; radical; not derived; as, primitive verb in grammar

  4. Primitive(noun)

    an original or primary word; a word not derived from another; -- opposed to derivative

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  1. Primitive

    Primitive is the second studio album by the metal band Soulfly released in 2000 through Roadrunner Records. Primitive has sold over 226,569 copies.

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'primitive' in Adjectives Frequency: #704


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