What does primitive mean?

Definitions for primitiveˈprɪm ɪ tɪv

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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"

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Primitive

    prim′i-tiv, adj. belonging to the beginning, or to the first times: original: ancient: antiquated, old-fashioned: not derived: (biol.) rudimentary, primary or first of its kind: (geol.) of the earliest formation.—n. a primitive word, or one not derived from another: (math.) a form from which another is derived.—ns.pl. Prim′itive-col′ours, the colours from which all others are supposed to be derived—viz. red, yellow, and blue; Prim′itive-fa′thers, the Christian writers before the Council of Nice, 325 A.D.adv. Prim′itively.—n.pl. Prim′itive-Meth′odists, a religious body founded in 1810, whose beliefs are the same as those of other Methodists, but whose working arrangements are nearly Presbyterian.—n. Prim′itiveness.—n.pl. Prim′itive-rocks (see Primary-rocks). [Fr.,—L. primitivus, an extension of primus.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of primitive in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of primitive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Benjamin Franklin:

    He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.

  2. Stephen Leacock:

    The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.

  3. Jose Mujica:

    If these people were humble people of the desert, poor people, they'd surely be stronger and more primitive, but they're not, through their hands, features and family histories, it seems to me that they're middle class.

  4. Andres Meira:

    Until you live in one of these places you don't really understand the primitive fear of earthquakes, there are times when you can't sleep and sometimes you wake up in the middle of the night and make sure things aren't moving.

  5. Sam Giles:

    But what this animal tells us [is] that actually the last common ancestor of the two groups had lots of bone, so rather than sharks being primitive, sharks are actually very highly evolved in their own way, and just as highly evolved as we are.

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