- 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.
Origin of primitive
synonym study for primitive
OTHER WORDS FROM primitive
How to use primitive in a sentence
The group’s chemical weapons program was never more than primitive and probably wasted its resources.
We eventually worked out that the micrometeorites are largely coming from primitive asteroids.
There are primitive versions of this in the Neuralink idea, with tiny wires going into your brain.Elon Musk busts Clubhouse limit, fans stream to YouTube, he switches to interviewing Robinhood CEO|Mike Butcher|February 1, 2021|TechCrunch
Early players in the space utilized primitive VR abilities to enable users to virtually try on makeup—an exciting prospect in theory but frequently disappointing and unrealistic in practice.A.I. in the beauty industry: How the pandemic finally made consumers care about it|Rachel King|January 11, 2021|Fortune
It makes our lungs—and the lungs of all mammals—look primitive.Why Birds Can Fly Over Mount Everest - Issue 94: Evolving|Walter Murch|December 30, 2020|Nautilus
By some direct and primitively human way her benighted mind had reached its determination.The Cruise of the Shining Light|Norman Duncan
Figure-drawing in early Christian art was for nearly a thousand years primitively barbarous, with occasional exceptions.Needlework As Art|Marian Alford
But in June something primitively English was thoroughly upset; old Jolyon's sense of justice had risen, as it were, from bed.The Forsyte Saga, Volume III.|John Galsworthy
The Oviduct is in the Elasmobranchii, as in other vertebrates, primitively developed in both sexes.
It is hardly possible to help believing that the blastopore primitively represented a mouth.
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