Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: primitivus, from primus; PRIME1


1 adjective
Related topics: Anthropology

way of life

SA belonging to a simple way of life that existed in the past and does not have modern industries and machines [≠ advanced, modern]:
a primitive society
a primitive nomadic tribe
the tools used by primitive man
primitive art

not modern

something that is primitive is very simple and does not have the extra modern parts that would make it faster, better, more comfortable etc [≠ advanced, modern]:
The first station buildings were quite primitive.
The local hospital care is primitive and unreliable.
Conditions at the camp are very primitive.
a primitive steam engine


SA a primitive animal or plant has a simple structure or body:
primitive life-forms that live deep in the ocean
a primitive single-celled creature


primitive feelings are not based on reason, and seem to come from a part of people's character that is ancient and animal-like:
the primitive instinct of survival
primitive desires
primitively adverb
primitiveness noun [uncountable]

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