- of or relating to a form from which a word or other linguistic form is derived; not derivative; original or radical.
- of or relating to a protolanguage.
- of or relating to a linguistic prime.
- an artist of a preliterate culture.
- a naive or unschooled artist.
- an artist belonging to the early stage in the development of a style.
- a work of art by a primitive artist.
- a geometric or algebraic form or expression from which another is derived.
- a function of which the derivative is a given function.
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Example sentences from the Web for primitive
These superstars then exploded and showered their galactic homes with both iron and oxygen, leading to high iron-to-oxygen ratios in the two primitive galaxies as well as a source of what little oxygen exists there.A record-breaking, oxygen-starved galaxy may be full of gigantic stars’ shrapnel|Ken Croswell|April 9, 2021|Science News
It may suggest that childhood cancers have the same primitive things as the placenta that allow abnormal cells to propagate, but not in the normal embryonic tissue.New Genomic Study of Placenta Finds Deep Links to Cancer|Max Kozlov|April 8, 2021|Quanta Magazine
If the “primitive” features of lampreys are actually specialized adaptations, it also has important ramifications for other research that treats lampreys as a baseline.
In other words, it’s not that lampreys, sharks, and other animals are primitive for their lack of bones—it’s that they gave them up at some point.
A century ago, science’s understanding of the brain was primitive, like astronomy before telescopes.Three visions of the future, inspired by neuroscience’s past and present|Laura Sanders|March 3, 2021|Science News
When we assign a primitive “not me” status to another individual or social group, it can—and does—take us down a destructive path.
We were careful with how we dealt with suspected patients and what we did with our primitive coverings, it was steamy.
We cannot keep judging mothers by a primitive, antiquated, simplistic standard.Postpartum Stigma: Why My Patient Committed Suicide|Jean Kim|August 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It also may relate to our still primitive understanding of the natural history of Ebola virus infection.
When the group seized control of Gaza in 2007, its primitive rockets had a range of no more than 25 miles.
Something remote and ancient stirred in her, something that was not of herself To-day, something half primitive, half barbaric.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
A writer has truthfully said in regard to associating the name and use of the plant with the primitive users of it.
In this way child's play, like primitive art, shows a certain unconscious selectiveness.Children's Ways|James Sully
A primitive savage makes a bow and arrow in a day: it takes him a fortnight to make a bark canoe.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
“They have a primitive mode of conducting funerals here,” said Tom Brown when the major had left.Hunting the Lions|R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for primitive
- of, relating to, or resembling an early stage in the evolutionary development of a particular group of organismsprimitive amphibians
- another word for primordial (def. 3)
- an artist whose work does not conform to traditional, academic, or avant-garde standards of Western painting, such as a painter from an African or Oceanic civilization
- a painter of the pre-Renaissance era in European painting
- a painter of any era whose work appears childlike or untrainedAlso called (for senses 11a, 11c): naive