What does primitive mean?

Definitions for primitive
ˈprɪm ɪ tɪvprim·i·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. primitive, primitive personnoun

    a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization

  2. primitivenoun

    a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived

  3. primitiveadjective

    a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms

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

  4. crude, primitive, rudeadjective

    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, primitiveadjective

    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. primitiveadjective

    used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies

    "primitive societies"

  7. primitive, naiveadjective

    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. primitivenoun

    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. primitivenoun

    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. primitivenoun

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

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

  4. primitivenoun

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

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

  5. primitiveadjective

    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. primitiveadjective

    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. primitiveadjective

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

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

  8. primitiveadjective

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Primitiveadjective

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

  2. Primitiveadjective

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

  3. Primitiveadjective

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

  4. Primitivenoun

    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. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    Ward off the comforted path paved smooth to allow a glide. Rather challenge one’s instincts by traveling the primitive and unexplored. Then, will you grow.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    If we stand by the eagle, fish will die; if we stand by the fish, eagle will die! This dilemma has been created by the random evolutionary process. There is no goodness, there is no justice and there is no intelligence in here. We are living in a primitive and flawed order.

  3. H. P. Lovecraft:

    It is only the inferior thinker who hastens to explain the singular and the complex by the primitive shortcut of supernaturalism.

  4. Yohannes Haile-Selassie:

    MRD has a mix of primitive and derived facial and cranial features that I didn't expect to see on a single individual.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Sword and fist are the instruments of primitive; non-violence is the instrument of developed man!

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    • A. equivalent
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    • C. eloquent
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