primitive, primitive person(noun)
a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization
a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived
a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms
"`pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived"
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"
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"
used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies
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"
An original or primary word; a word not derived from another, as opposed to derivative.
A data type that is built into the programming language, as opposed to more complex structures.
A basic geometric shape from which more complex shapes can be constructed.
A function whose derivative is a given function; an antiderivative.
Of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early times; original; primordial; primeval; first; as, primitive innocence; the primitive church.
Of or pertaining to a former time; old-fashioned; characterized by simplicity; as, a primitive style of dress.
Original; primary; radical; not derived; as, primitive verb in grammar.
Occurring in or characteristic of an early stage of development or evolution.
Origin: From primitif, from primitivus, from primus; see prime.
of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early times; original; primordial; primeval; first; as, primitive innocence; the primitive church
of or pertaining to a former time; old-fashioned; characterized by simplicity; as, a primitive style of dress
original; primary; radical; not derived; as, primitive verb in grammar
an original or primary word; a word not derived from another; -- opposed to derivative
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
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.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'primitive' in Adjectives Frequency: #704
The numerical value of primitive in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of primitive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of primitive in a Sentence
We are quite primitive still, are we not?
Food is the most primitive form of comfort.
What we see in the new cranium is like a primitive face.
It is a primitive form of thought that things exist or do not exist.
Sword and fist are the instruments of primitive; non-violence is the instrument of developed man!
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- primitiuCatalan, Valencian
- primitivo, primitivaPortuguese
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