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Dictionary definition for: Primitive

1. (n) a person who belongs to early stage of civilization

2. (s) belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness; "the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man" "primitive movies of the 1890s" "primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mo

3. (n) a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived

4. (s) little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type; "archaic forms of life" "primitive mammals" "the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe"

5. (n) a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms; "pick" is the primitive from which "picket" is derived"

6. (s) used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies; "primitive societies"

7. (s) of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style; "primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking"

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