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Definitions of primitive

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. (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
  4. a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms; "`pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a person who belongs to early stage of civilization Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. (anthropology; of societies) preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial; "primitive societies" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies; "primitive societies" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. 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
  10. Of or pertaining to a former time; old-fashioned; characterized by simplicity; as, a primitive style of dress. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. Original; primary; radical; not derived; as, primitive verb in grammar. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. An original or primary word; a word not derived from another; -- opposed to derivative. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. 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.
  14. A word in its simplest form and not derived from another. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Primitively. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Primitiveness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Primary, early in the course of development, rudimentary. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  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. A primitive word, or one not derived from another. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. An underived word. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. Original; ancient. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. Pertaining to the beginning; first; earliest. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Old-fashioned. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. A primary or radical word. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Of earliest origin; groove, knot, streak, aorta, palate, ventricle. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  30. [Latin] Of earliest origin; appl. groove, knot, streak, aorta, palate, ventricle (emb.). na
  31. In English law. First fruits; the first year's whole profits of a spiritual preferment. 1 Bl. Comm. 284. thelawdictionary.org
  32. 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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  33. Early, ancient, as the P. Church (Christian Church in its earliest times); old-fashioned, simple, rude; original, primary; (Gram., of words) radical, not derivative; (Math., of line, figure, &c.) from which another is derived, from which some construction begins, &c.; (of colours) primary; (Geol.) of the earliest period; (Biol.) appearing in earliest or very early stage of growth &c.; P. Methodist Connexion, society of Methodists founded 1810 by Hugh Bourne by secession from main body, P. Methodist, Methodism, member, principles, of this; (n.) painter of period before Renascence, picture by such painter, p. word, line, &c., P. Methodist. Hence primitively adv., primitiveness n. [middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  34. First in point of time; original. American pocket medical dictionary.
  35. Original, not derived. [Lat.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  36. n. An original word ; a word not derived from another ; a root-word ;-an early Christian ; a saint of the first centuries. Cabinet Dictionary

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