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pri·mal

 (prī′məl)
adj.
1. Being first in time; original; primeval.
2. Of first importance; primary.

[Medieval Latin prīmālis, from Latin prīmus, first; see per in Indo-European roots.]

pri·mal′i·ty (-măl′ĭ-tē) n.

primal

(ˈpraɪməl)
adj
1. first or original
2. chief or most important
[C17: from Medieval Latin prīmālis, from Latin prīmus first]

pri•mal

(ˈpraɪ məl)

adj.
1. first; original; primeval.
2. of first importance; fundamental.
[1535–45; < Medieval Latin prīmālis. See prime, -al1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.primal - serving as an essential component; "a cardinal rule"; "the central cause of the problem"; "an example that was fundamental to the argument"; "computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure"
important, of import - of great significance or value; "important people"; "the important questions of the day"
2.primal - having existed from the beginningprimal - having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state; "aboriginal forests"; "primal eras before the appearance of life on earth"; "the forest primeval"; "primordial matter"; "primordial forms of life"
early - at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time; "early morning"; "an early warning"; "early diagnosis"; "an early death"; "took early retirement"; "an early spring"; "early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most standard varieties"

primal

adjective
1. basic, prime, central, first, highest, greatest, major, chief, main, most important, principal, paramount the most primal of human fears
2. earliest, prime, original, primary, first, initial, primitive, pristine, primordial Yeats's remarks about folklore and the primal religion
Translations

primal

[ˈpraɪməl] ADJ (= first in time) → original; (= first in importance) → principal
primal screamgrito m primal

primal

[ˈpraɪməl] adj
(= first in time) → primitif/ive primal scream
(= first in importance) [need, urge] → primordial(e)primal scream ncri m primal

primal

adjursprünglich, Ur-; primal screamUrschrei m

primal

[ˈpraɪml] adj (origins, matter, world) → originario/a; (religion, music) → primitivo/a; (first in importance) → primario/a
References in classic literature ?
This loneliness is bad enough in itself, but, to make it worse, he is oppressed by the primal melancholy of the race.
When heaven reveals her primal stainless blue, Alone within the firmament there burns The tiny torch of dusk.
As I walked I could not but compare myself with the first man of that other world, so complete the solitude which surrounded me, so primal and untouched the virgin wonders and beauties of adolescent nature.
The remainder was credited to her and debited to somebody else's account in the ledger kept by G-- Oh, primal energy, you say, Reverend Doctor--Well then, in the Ledger of Primal Energy.
Rather carried down alive to wondrous depths, where strange shapes of the unwarped primal world glided to and fro before his passive eyes; and the miser-merman, Wisdom, revealed his hoarded heaps; and among the joyous, heartless, ever-juvenile eternities, Pip saw the multitudinous, God-omnipresent, coral insects, that out of the firmament of waters heaved the colossal orbs.
The new residents were in the garden, taking as much interest in their own doings as if the homestead had never passed its primal time in conjunction with the histories of others, beside which the histories of these were but as a tale told by an idiot.
When they had forced a goblet of the fiery liquid upon him, Peter of Colfax regained his lost nerve enough so that he could raise his sword arm and defend himself; and as the fumes circulated through him, and the primal instinct of self-preservation asserted itself, he put up a more and more creditable fight, until those who watched thought that he might indeed have a chance to vanquish the Outlaw of Torn.
She retains something of the vast strength of her primal being--can see in the dark--has the eyes of a snake.
Certain primal powers of Tyrant Woman wherewith she
The spring was abroad in the land and Marilla's sober, middle-aged step was lighter and swifter because of its deep, primal gladness.
Nor did the immaculate young Frenchman appeal to the primal woman in her, as had the stalwart forest god.
Terribly armed for battle as they are, man presents to them in his primal state an easy prey, slow of foot, puny of strength, ill-equipped by nature with natural weapons of defense.