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Definitions of primitive

  1. a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms; "`pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A word in its simplest form and not derived from another. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Primitiveness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. A primitive word, or one not derived from another. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. An underived word. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. A primary or radical word. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. A word not derived from another. Primitive colours, red, yellow, and blue. Primitive rocks. See Primary. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. An original word; a word not derived from another. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. Primitively. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. (fine arts) 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. (anthropology; of societies) preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial; "primitive societies" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. Of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early times; original; primordial; primeval; first; as, primitive innocence; the primitive church. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. Of or pertaining to a former time; old-fashioned; characterized by simplicity; as, a primitive style of dress. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. Original; primary; radical; not derived; as, primitive verb in grammar. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. An original or primary word; a word not derived from another; -- opposed to derivative. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. Pertaining to the beginning; original: opposite to derivative; simple or crude; old fashioned. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. Belonging to the beginning, or to the first times: original: ancient: antiquated: old-fashioned: not derived. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. Original; ancient. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. Old-fashioned. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. Pertaining to the beginning or origin; original; primary; radical; formal; old-fashioned. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. Of or belonging to remote or early times; ancient; pristine; old-fashioned; denoting that from which others are derived or formed. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. Of earliest origin; groove, knot, streak, aorta, palate, ventricle. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

Usage examples for primitive

  1. Yes, he was thoroughly comfortable,- as comfortable as a truly pious fat man deserves to be, and all the work he had to do was to preach twice on Sundays, to a quiet, primitive decently ordered congregation, who listened to his words respectfully though without displaying any emotional rapture. – Thelma by Marie Corelli
  2. Such had become the primitive simplicity of William the Silent's household. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
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