Dictionary Results for primitive


1. primitive - noun

· a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization

Synonym(s): primitive_person

Hypernym(s): person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul




2. primitive - noun

· a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived

Hypernym(s): formula, expression




3. primitive - noun

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

Hypernym(s): word




4. primitive - adjective

· 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"

Synonym(s): crude, rude




5. primitive - adjective

· 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"

Synonym(s): archaic




6. primitive - adjective

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




7. primitive - adjective

· 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"

Synonym(s): naive





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