Meaning of primitive
Pronunciation: (prim'i-tiv), [key]
- being the first or earliest of the kind or in existence, esp. in an early age of the world: primitive forms of life.
- early in the history of the world or of humankind.
- characteristic of early ages or of an early state of human development: primitive toolmaking.
- of or pertaining to a preliterate or tribal people having cultural or physical similarities with their early ancestors: no longer in technical use.
- unaffected or little affected by civilizing influences; uncivilized; savage: primitive passions.
- being in its earliest period; early: the primitive phase of the history of a town.
- old-fashioned: primitive ideas and habits.
- simple; unsophisticated: a primitive farm implement.
- crude; unrefined: primitive living conditions.
- of or pertaining to a form from which a word or other linguistic form is derived; not derivative; original or radical.
- of or pertaining to a protolanguage.
- of or pertaining to a linguistic prime.
- primary, as distinguished from secondary.
- rudimentary; primordial.
- noting species, varieties, etc., only slightly evolved from early antecedent types.
- of early formation and temporary, as a part that subsequently disappears.
- someone or something primitive.
- 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.
- the form from which a given word or other linguistic form has been derived, by either morphological or historical processes, as take in undertake.
- primitive (Thesaurus)