- first; original; primeval: primal eras before the appearance of life on earth.
- of first importance; fundamental: the primal resources of a nation.
Origin of primal
Related Words for primalprimordial, aboriginal, ancient, central, chief, earliest, early, first, fundamental, highest, old, original, paramount, past, prehistoric, primitive, principal, pristine
Examples from the Web for primal
Contemporary Examples of primal
And to this day, liberals in the political world use the name “Willie Horton” to describe an appeal to primal racial fears.Want President Hillary? Then Primary Her
November 24, 2014
I wanted to fill her with pain and primal rage, which was really fun for me.Juliette Lewis on Hollywood, Why the MSM Hates Scientology, and Masturbating to George Clooney
September 19, 2014
Because primal violence is justified by religious belief, “the offenders have no remorse, no fear, and are extremely confident.”Why ISIS Keeps Running Circles Around Us, Just Like Al Qaeda Did Before 9/11
September 11, 2014
One is on African primal religions, another on the tao of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, another on the path to total rejuvenation.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
Meeting the Clintons, added Steve Rosinski, an actor in Las Vegas, was “primal.”Inside the World of Hillary Superfans
April 23, 2014
Historical Examples of primal
The primal impulse of vice and sin is a short cut to happiness.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
She trusted all the primal instincts without knowing she trusted them.Tiverton Tales
And that must mean that Laotsze was that very same Yellow Ancient of primal days.The Chinese Fairy Book
We see, then, that the primal ground of inferiority in these pleasures 5.Modern Painters Volume II (of V)
The primal laws do not take into account our ideas of respectability.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
- first or original
- chief or most important
Word Origin for primal
c.1600, "belonging to the earliest age," from Medieval Latin primalis "primary," from Latin primus "first" (see prime (adj.)). Psychological sense, in reference to Freud's theory of behaviors springing from the earliest stage of emotional development, is attested from 1918. Primal scream is from a best-selling book of 1971.
- Being first in time; original.
- Of first or central importance; primary.