primitive ADJECTIVE 1) relating to the earliest times in history or stages in development. 2) denoting a preliterate, non-industrial society of simple organization. 3) offering an extremely basic level of comfort or convenience. 4) (of behaviour or emotion) instinctive and unreasoning.
NOUN 1) a person belonging to a primitive society. 2) a painter employing a simple, naive style that deliberately rejects subtlety or conventional techniques.
DERIVATIVES primitively adverb primitiveness noun.
ORIGIN Latin primitivus 'first of its kind' , from primus 'first' .

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