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    primitive - Dictionary definition and meaning for word primitive

    Definition
    (noun) a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization
    Synonyms : primitive person
    Definition
    (noun) a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived Definition
    (noun) a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms
    Example Sentence
    • `pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived
    Definition
    (adj) belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness
    Synonyms : crude , rude
    Example Sentence
    • the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man
    • primitive movies of the 1890s
    • primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mountains
    Definition
    (adj) little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type
    Synonyms : archaic
    Example Sentence
    • archaic forms of life
    • primitive mammals
    • the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe
    Definition
    (adj) used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies
    Example Sentence
    • primitive societies
    Definition
    (adj) of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style
    Synonyms : naive
    Example Sentence
    • primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking
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