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primal

[ prahy-muhl ]
/ ˈpraɪ məl /
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adjective

first; original; primeval: primal eras before the appearance of life on earth.
of first importance; fundamental: the primal resources of a nation.

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Origin of primal

From the Medieval Latin word prīmālis, dating back to 1535–45. See prime, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM primal

non·pri·mal, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH primal

primal , primeval, primordial
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British Dictionary definitions for primal

primal
/ (ˈpraɪməl) /

adjective

first or original
chief or most important

Word Origin for primal

C17: from Medieval Latin prīmālis, from Latin prīmus first
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Medical definitions for primal

primal
[ prīməl ]

adj.

Being first in time; original.
Of first or central importance; primary.

Other words from primal

pri•mali•ty (-mălĭ-tē) n.
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