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Definition 1: a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where primitive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • `pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived

(primitive is a kind of ...) a unit of language that native speakers can identify

"words are the blocks from which sentences are made" "he hardly said ten words all morning"

Definition 2: a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived - [noun denoting communication]

(primitive is a kind of ...) a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement

Definition 3: a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for primitive in the sense of this definition

(primitive is a kind of ...) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

(... is a kind of primitive ) a member of an uncivilized people

(... is a kind of primitive ) a supposedly primitive man later proven to be a hoax

(... is a kind of primitive ) prehistoric Amerindians who built altar mounds

(... is a kind of primitive ) hypothetical organism formerly thought to be intermediate between apes and human beings

(... is a kind of primitive ) a type of primitive man who lived in Europe

(... is a kind of primitive ) someone who lives in a cave

(... is a kind of primitive ) early Amerindians related to the Pueblo; known for skill in making baskets

(... is a kind of primitive ) the earliest known inhabitants of a region

(... is a kind of primitive ) a member of the prehistoric people who spoke Proto-Indo European

(... is a kind of primitive ) a person who is not socialized

Definition 4: used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where primitive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • primitive societies

(primitive is similar to ...) not having a high state of culture and social development

(primitive belongs to category ...) the social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings

Definition 5: of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where primitive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking

Synonyms for primitive in the sense of this definition

(primitive is similar to ...) not disciplined or conditioned or made adept by training

"an untrained voice" "untrained troops" "young minds untrained in the habit of concentration"

(primitive belongs to category ...) the study and creation of visual works of art

Definition 6: little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where primitive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • archaic forms of life
  • primitive mammals
  • the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe

Synonyms for primitive in the sense of this definition

(primitive is similar to ...) being or occurring at an early stage of development

"in an early stage" "early forms of life" "early man" "an early computer"

Definition 7: belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where primitive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man
  • primitive movies of the 1890s
  • primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mountains

Synonyms for primitive in the sense of this definition

(primitive is similar to ...) being or occurring at an early stage of development

"in an early stage" "early forms of life" "early man" "an early computer"

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