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Definitions for primordial
praɪˈmɔr di əlpri·mor·dial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aboriginal, primal, primeval, primaeval, primordialadjective

    having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state

    "aboriginal forests"; "primal eras before the appearance of life on earth"; "the forest primeval"; "primordial matter"; "primordial forms of life"


  1. primordialadjective

    first, earliest or original

  2. primordialadjective

    characteristic of the earliest stage of the development of an organism, or relating to a primordium

  3. primordialadjective


  4. Etymology: From the primordialis. Confer primordium and -al.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Primordialadjective

    Original; existing from the beginning.

    Etymology: primordial, Fr. primordium, Lat.

    Salts may be either transmuted or otherwise produced, and so may not be primordial and immutable beings. Boyle.

  2. Primordialnoun

    Origin; first principle.

    Etymology: from the adj.

    The primordials of the world are not mechanical, but spermatical and vital. Henry More, Divine Dialogues.


  1. primordial

    Primordial refers to something that existed at or from the very beginning of time, or something in its original or earliest state. It often describes conditions, forms, or substances that are considered fundamental or original, existing before anything else. It can also relate to an instinct or a principle that has the origins in the earliest stages of development or evolution.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Primordialadjective

    first in order; primary; original; of earliest origin; as, primordial condition

  2. Primordialadjective

    of or pertaining to the lowest beds of the Silurian age, corresponding to the Acadian and Potsdam periods in American geology. It is called also Cambrian, and by many geologists is separated from the Silurian

  3. Primordialadjective

    originally or earliest formed in the growth of an individual or organ; as, a primordial leaf; a primordial cell

  4. Primordialnoun

    a first principle or element

  5. Etymology: [L. primordialis, from primordium the first beginning; primus first + ordiri to begin a web, to begin: cf. F. primordial.]


  1. Primordial

    Primordial is an extreme metal band from Skerries, County Dublin, Ireland. It was formed in 1987 by Pól MacAmhlaigh and Ciarán MacUiliam. Their sound melds black metal with Irish folk music.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Primordial

    prī-mor′di-al, adj. first in order: original: existing from the beginning: (anat.) in a rudimentary state: (bot.) first formed, as leaves or fruit.—n. first principle or element.—ns. Primor′dialism; Primor′dium. [L. primus, first, ordo, order.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of primordial in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of primordial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of primordial in a Sentence

  1. Martin Tobias Lithner:

    Everything that exists perishes, everything that has been created by those who perish will be destroyed. One inevitably leads to the other, one can never return to the primordial.

  2. Robin Green:

    I am...blood. That primordial ooze. Not out there, listeners, in here. Inside this skin we wear, it only lets us think we're something else-- nice clean brains, little talking computers running around in the pursuit of happiness. We pierce this skin and what do we see Warm ooze, protoplasm churning and jesting, defecating, pulsating, life, death.

  3. Christopher Chiu:

    There are lots of other things that help protect us, there are barriers in the nose. There are different kinds of proteins and things which are very ancient, primordial, protective systems, and they are likely to have been contributing to them not being infected, and we're really interested in trying to understand what those are.

  4. Vladan Kuzmanović:

    Art is an inventive urge, savagism, unrestrained, primordial, excess, perturbation, acme, enthusiasm, improvisation.

  5. Tom DeLay:

    Our school systems teach our children that they are nothing but glorified apes who have evolutionized out of some primordial soup of mud, by teaching evolution as fact.

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