Definition of PRIMITIVE

noun : PRIMITIVE

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 2. (

    ) a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived ;

  • 3. (

    ) a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms; "`pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived" ;

Adjective : PRIMITIVE

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) 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 mountains" ;

  • 2. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 3. (

    ) used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies; "primitive societies" ;

  • 4. (

    ) 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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