- 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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A lean-toOne of the simplest and most frequently constructed primitive shelters is the lean-to.Winter survival shelters you should know how to build|By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life|December 21, 2020|Popular Science
Although the people of the Paleolithic are often perceived as primitive and conservative in their goals, “I feel something very different from the evidence of human presence on these remote islands,” Kaifu says.Ancient humans may have deliberately voyaged to Japan’s Ryukyu Islands|Charles Choi|December 3, 2020|Science News
They were also catalysts to the first appearances of primitive life.After 1.5 Billion Years in Flux, Here’s How a New, Stronger Crust Set the Stage for Life on Earth|Fabio A Capitanio|December 3, 2020|Singularity Hub
All of this went a long way toward helping scientists better understand Ryugu, a primitive rock rich in carbon, though more porous, rubbly, and containing less hydrated minerals than initially predicted.Japan is about to bring back samples of an asteroid 180 million miles away|Neel Patel|December 2, 2020|MIT Technology Review
We can just study the collective behavior of things that are like soups of interacting proteins that are more primitive.The Physicist’s New Book of Life - Issue 92: Frontiers|Michael Brooks|October 21, 2020|Nautilus
Curious jumble of modern and ancient city and village, primitiveness and the other thing.
The strong, primitiveness of him was as alien to anything that was in Ruth as if the two had never seen each other before.Joyce of the North Woods|Harriet T. Comstock
But as is invariably the case in Turkey, close inspection revealed the primitiveness and roughness.The Red Rugs of Tarsus|Helen Davenport Gibbons
He accounts for its 'wildness' by its primitiveness; it was blasphemous because savage.An Introduction to Mythology|Lewis Spence
"One judges the primitiveness of a race by its cultural and technological institutions," Harkaway said, with a lofty smile.Once a Greech|Evelyn E. Smith
The separation of these two kinds of primitiveness is vitally important to our present discussion.
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