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Meaning & Definition of Primitive in English

English

Primitive

/prɪmətɪv/

noun

1. A person who belongs to an early stage of civilization

    synonym:
  • primitive
  • ,
  • primitive person

2. A mathematical expression from which another expression is derived

    synonym:
  • primitive

3. A word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms

  • "`pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived"
    synonym:
  • primitive

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • crude
  • ,
  • primitive
  • ,
  • rude

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • archaic
  • ,
  • primitive

3. Used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies

  • "Primitive societies"
    synonym:
  • primitive

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • primitive
  • ,
  • naive

Examples of using

Magic plays an important part in primitive society.