- 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.
Words nearby primitive
Origin of primitive
OTHER WORDS FROM primitive
Examples from the Web for primitiveness
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 primitiveness
- 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