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  Definition of primitive
  1. a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms; "`pick'' is the primitive from which `picket'' is derived"
  2. a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived
  3. a person who belongs to early stage of civilization
  4. used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies; "primitive societies"
  5. 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. 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 mo
  7. 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"
Similar Words: primitive person, archaic, crude, rude

 

Hyponyms: Aryan, Indo-European, aborigine, Basket Maker, caveman, cave man, cave dweller, troglodyte, Heidelberg man, Homo heidelbergensis, homo erectus, missing link, ape-man, Mound Builder, Piltdown man, Piltdown hoax, savage, barbarian, wild man, feral man

 

Language Translations:
Chinese: 原始   Dutch: primitief  
Finnish: alkeellinen   French: primitif  
German: ursprünglich   Greek: πρωτόγονο and πρωτόγονος  
Italian: primitivo   Japanese: 原始 and 原始的  
Korean: 원시   Latin: primitivum and primitivus  
Portuguese: primitivo   Russian: примитивно and примитивный  
Spanish: primitivo  
 
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