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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 ?
It's the unnatural combat of the four primal elements.
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.
When heaven reveals her primal stainless blue, Alone within the firmament there burns The tiny torch of dusk.
That home lies amid a sequestered and rather hilly region, thirty miles removed from X ; a region whose verdure the smoke of mills has not yet sullied, whose waters still run pure, whose swells of moorland preserve in some ferny glens that lie between them the very primal wildness of nature, her moss, her bracken, her blue-bells, her scents of reed and heather, her free and fresh breezes.
It was process of Evolution, I think, from Primal Necessity, but the fact remains in all the cui bono.
She retains something of the vast strength of her primal being--can see in the dark--has the eyes of a snake.
But never again were they in such profusion; this terrace was the well-head, the primal source whence beauty gushed out to water the earth.
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.
For poetry was all written before time was, and whenever we are so finely organized that we can penetrate into that region where the air is music, we hear those primal warblings and attempt to write them down, but we lose ever and anon a word or a verse and substitute something of our own, and thus miswrite the poem.
Nor did the immaculate young Frenchman appeal to the primal woman in her, as had the stalwart forest god.
When war was begun between the North and the South, every slave on our plantation felt and knew that, though other issues were discussed, the primal one was that of slavery.
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.