I. adjective Etymology: Middle English primitif, from Latin primitivus first formed, from primitiae first fruits, from primus first — more at prime Date: 14th century 1. a. not derived ; original, primary b. assumed as a basis; especially axiomatic <
primitive concepts
2. a. of or relating to the earliest age or period ; primeval <
the primitive church
b. closely approximating an early ancestral type ; little evolved <
primitive mammals
c. belonging to or characteristic of an early stage of development ; crude, rudimentary <
primitive technology
d. of, relating to, or constituting the assumed parent speech of related languages <
primitive Germanic
3. a. elemental, natural <
our primitive feelings of vengeance — John Mackwood
b. of, relating to, or produced by a people or culture that is nonindustrial and often nonliterate and tribal <
primitive art
c. naive d. (1) self-taught, untutored <
primitive craftsmen
(2) produced by a self-taught artist <
a primitive painting
primitively adverbprimitiveness nounprimitivity noun II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a. something primitive; specifically a primitive idea, term, or proposition b. a root word 2. a. (1) an artist of an early period of a culture or artistic movement (2) a later imitator or follower of such an artist b. (1) a self-taught artist (2) an artist whose work is marked by directness and naïveté c. a work of art produced by a primitive artist d. a typically rough or simple usually handmade and antique home accessory or furnishing 3. a. a member of a primitive people b. an unsophisticated person

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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