- 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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Example sentences from the Web for primitive
This observation would eventually reveal that CRISPR was a primitive bacterial immune system.With CRISPR, humans can create their own evolutionary future|Adrian Woolfson|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
It is “one cryptographic primitive to rule them all,” said Boaz Barak of Harvard University.Computer Scientists Achieve ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography|Erica Klarreich|November 10, 2020|Quanta Magazine
When you study each one of those things on its own, it’s a physical phenomenon that has more primitive examples.The Physicist’s New Book of Life - Issue 92: Frontiers|Michael Brooks|October 21, 2020|Nautilus
All the cabins inside the park are primitive structures with wood stoves that were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps or local moonshiners.The Ultimate Shenandoah National Park Travel Guide|Graham Averill|October 7, 2020|Outside Online
It’s possible that primitive life might be able to thrive in these environments just as they would in bodies of liquid water.The 5 best places to explore in the solar system—besides Mars|Neel Patel|August 17, 2020|MIT Technology Review
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