primitive

[ prim-i-tiv ]
/ ˈprɪm ɪ tɪv /

adjective

noun

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Origin of primitive

1350–1400; Middle English (noun and adj.) (< Middle French primitif) < Latin prīmitīvus first of its kind. See prime, -itive

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British Dictionary definitions for non-primitive

primitive
/ (ˈprɪmɪtɪv) /

adjective

noun

Derived forms of primitive

primitively, adverbprimitiveness, noun

Word Origin for primitive

C14: from Latin prīmitīvus earliest of its kind, primitive, from prīmus first
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Medical definitions for non-primitive

primitive
[ prĭmĭ-tĭv ]

adj.

Primary; basic.
Of or being an earliest or original stage.
Being little evolved from an early ancestral type.
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Scientific definitions for non-primitive

primitive
[ prĭmĭ-tĭv ]

Relating to an early or original stage.
Having evolved very little from an early type. Lampreys and sturgeon are primitive fishes.
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