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1. Being first in time; original; primeval.
2. Of first importance; primary.
pri·mal′i·ty (-măl′ĭ-tē) n.
1. first or original
2. chief or most important
[C17: from Medieval Latin prīmālis, from Latin prīmus first]
1. first; original; primeval.
2. of first importance; fundamental.
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|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"|
|2.||primal - 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"