- 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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Origin of primitive
synonym study for primitive
OTHER WORDS FROM primitive
Example sentences from the Web for primitive
Mesonotum: the primitively upper surface of the 2d or middle thoracic ring.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith
It is formed by a fenestration of a primitively continuous cartilaginous coracoid plate (Hoffmann).
One of these bones, the propercular, is very constant and is primitively attached along the outer edge of the hyomandibular.
Therefore, by herself, the soul is primitively evil, and is the first evil.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4|Plotinos (Plotinus)
Primitively the Mammalian cerebrum, like that of the lower Vertebrata, is quite smooth.
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