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Adjective
Relating to, denoting, or preserving the character of an early stage in the evolutionary or historical development of something
“The egg-laying platypus and its cousin, the anteater, along with marsupials, make up the most primitive group of living mammals.”
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Of or denoting a simple, naive style of art that deliberately rejects sophisticated artistic techniques
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“However, he was not at first as interested in the Fine Arts of painting and drawing as he was with the exotic primitive arts that were being collected from South Sea Islands at that time.”
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Relating to or denoting a preliterate, non-industrial society or culture characterized by simple social and economic organization
“Long before the Spanish arrived, the Chamorros maintained a simple and primitive civilization.”
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Very basic or unsophisticated in terms of comfort, convenience, or efficiency
“They are living in mud huts and everything is primitive by our standards, but unbelievably clean.”
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Belonging or happening near the beginning of a particular period
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(of emotion or behaviour) Strongly instinctive and unreasoning
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Old-fashioned or outdated
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Essential, as an element, principle, or law
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In a crude or unfinished state
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Tending toward cannibalism
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Completely new, clean, and pure
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Pioneering, relating to a nonindependent or new territory
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Having or displaying a violent or ferocious aggressiveness
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A primitive word, from which other words may be derived
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An organism which eats others of its own species, especially a human who eats human flesh
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An native inhabitant of a country
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A person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts
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An uncultured or brutish person
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