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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.

  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

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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.]

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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How to say primitive in sign language?

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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. Cometan:

    We are quite primitive still, are we not?

  2. Sheila Graham:

    Food is the most primitive form of comfort.

  3. Yohannes Haile-Selassie:

    What we see in the new cranium is like a primitive face.

  4. Sir Arthur Eddington:

    It is a primitive form of thought that things exist or do not exist.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

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

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