• Of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early times; original; primordial; primeval; first.
  • Of or pertaining to or harking back to a former time; old-fashioned; characterized by simplicity.
  • Crude, obsolete.
  • Original; primary; radical; not derived.
  • Occurring in or characteristic of an early stage of development or evolution.
  • Not derived from another of the same type
  • most recent common ancestor (often hypothetical) of


Similar words

  • word: primitive word, radical, radical word


  • From Middle English primitif, from Old French primitif, from Latin prīmitīvus ("first or earliest of its kind"), from prīmus; see prime. primitivo.

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