Definitions for primitiveˈprɪm ɪ tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prim•i•tiveˈprɪm ɪ tɪv(adj.)

  1. being the first or earliest of the kind or in existence, esp. in an early age of the world:

    primitive forms of life.

    Category: Biology

  2. early in the history of the world or of humankind.

    Category: Biology

  3. characteristic of early ages or of an early state of human development:

    primitive toolmaking.

    Category: Anthropology

  4. Anthropol. of or indicating a people or society organized in bands or tribes and having a simple economy and technology. (no longer in technical use) of or indicating a preliterate people having cultural or physical similarities with their early ancestors.

    Category: Anthropology

  5. unaffected or little affected by civilizing influences; uncivilized; savage:

    primitive passions.

  6. of an early or the earliest period.

  7. old-fashioned:

    primitive notions of style.

  8. simple or crude:

    primitive equipment; primitive housing.

  9. of or pertaining to a form from which a word or other linguistic form is derived; not derivative. of or pertaining to a protolanguage.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  10. primary, as distinguished from secondary.

  11. Biol. rudimentary; primordial. noting species, varieties, etc., only slightly evolved from early antecedent types. of early formation and temporary, as a part that subsequently disappears.

    Category: Biology

  12. (n.)someone or something primitive.

  13. an artist of a preliterate culture. a naive or unschooled artist. an artist belonging to the early stage in the development of a style. a work of art by a primitive artist.

    Category: Fine Arts

  14. a geometric or algebraic form or expression from which another is derived.

    Category: Math

  15. a form from which a given word or other linguistic form has been derived by morphological or historical processes, as take in

    undertake.

Origin of primitive:

1350–1400; ME (< MF) < L prīmitīvus the first to form, early, der. of prīmit(iae) first fruits, der. of prīmus first

prim′i•tive•ness(n.)

prim`i•tiv′i•ty(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. primitive(adjective)ˈprɪm ɪ tɪv

    at an early stage of development

    primitive man; primitive alien life forms

  2. primitiveˈprɪm ɪ tɪv

    basic and natural

    primitive urges/instincts

Wiktionary

  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 Dictionary

  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

Freebase

  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.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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


Translations for primitive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

primitive(adjective)

belonging to the earliest times

primitive stone tools.

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