What does primitive mean?

Definitions for primitive
ˈprɪm ɪ tɪvprim·i·tive

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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.

    Etymology: From primitif, from primitivus, from primus; see prime.

  2. primitive(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From primitif, from primitivus, from primus; see prime.

  3. primitive(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From primitif, from primitivus, from primus; see prime.

  4. primitive(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From primitif, from primitivus, from primus; see prime.

  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.

    Etymology: From primitif, from primitivus, from primus; see prime.

  6. primitive(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: From primitif, from primitivus, from primus; see prime.

  7. primitive(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: From primitif, from primitivus, from primus; see prime.

  8. primitive(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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.]

Entomology

  1. Primitive

    simple in character; of an early or ancient type.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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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

Examples of primitive in a Sentence

  1. Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin:

    The instinct to command others, in its primitive essence, is a carnivorous, altogether bestial and savage instinct. Under the influence of the mental development of man, it takes on a somewhat more ideal form and becomes somewhat ennobled, presenting itself as the instrument of reason and the devoted servant of that abstraction, or political fiction, which is called the public good. But in its essence it remains just as baneful, and it becomes even more so when, with the application of science, it extends its scope and intensifies the power of its action. If there is a devil in history, it is this power principle.

  2. 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.

  3. Cometan:

    We are quite primitive still, are we not?

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    I sometimes think that the acronyms BC and BCE probably stand for 'Before Coffee' and 'Before the Coffee Era' respectively, signifying those primitive historic years of underdevelopment. Coffee has strongly contributed to the development of many scientific breakthroughs, inventions, creative arts, and literature, IMHO. So, on National Coffee Day today, here's a Toast to the Roast - light, medium and dark alike: May your Cup of Coffee be just like the Capital of Ireland - always Dublin! Cheers!

  5. Ehsan Sehgal:

    The woman serves, not only her family; however, she also builds discipline, as a primitive mentor in domestic matters that become the values, dignity, and stability of society.

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