- 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.
- rudimentary; primordial.
- noting species, varieties, etc., only slightly evolved from early antecedent types.
- of early formation and temporary, as a part that subsequently disappears.
- 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
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
When the group seized control of Gaza in 2007, its primitive rockets had a range of no more than 25 miles.
Sometimes this tenacity breaks its bounds, spilling into the primitive.Luis Suarez, Uruguay’s Notorious Soccer Vampire, Strikes Again—Biting Italian in World Cup Win|Tunku Varadarajan|June 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The African Christians soon formed one of the principal members of the primitive church.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
In his primitive condition, man personified everything in nature.British Goblins|Wirt Sikes
The white-coated hand had dumped another mass into the primitive engine of war.Brood of the Dark Moon|Charles Willard Diffin
Apparently a small population restricted to a small island tends to revert to the primitive type.Speciation in the Brazilian Spiny Rats|Joo Moojen
Novel spectacle was this on the wild and primitive shore of Florida.Makers and Romance of Alabama History|B. F. Riley
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