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Definitions of primitive:
  • noun:   a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms
    Example: "`pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived"
  • noun:   a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived
  • noun:   a person who belongs to early stage of civilization
  • adjective:   of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style
    Example: "Primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking"
  • adjective:   used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies
    Example: "Primitive societies"
  • adjective:   little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type
    Example: "Primitive mammals"
  • adjective:   belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness
    Example: "Primitive movies of the 1890s"

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