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a. Of or relating to an early or original stage or state; primeval: life in the primitive ocean.
b. Occurring in or characteristic of an early stage of development or evolution: fossils of primitive angiosperms from the Cretaceous Period.
c. Having developed early in the evolutionary history of a group: Hair is a primitive trait of mammals.
d. Regarded as having changed little in evolutionary history. Not in scientific use: The coelacanth is a primitive fish.
2. Characterized by simplicity or crudity; unsophisticated: primitive weapons.
3. Of or relating to a nonindustrial, often tribal culture, especially one that is characterized by an absence of literacy and a low level of economic or technological complexity: primitive societies.
4. Not derived from something else; primary or basic: "Conscious perception is ... the most primitive form of judgment" (Alfred North Whitehead).
5. Linguistics
a. Serving as the basis for derived or inflected forms: Pick is the primitive word from which picket is derived.
b. Being a protolanguage: primitive Germanic.
6. Not resulting from conscious thought or deliberation; unconscious or instinctual: primitive passions.
a. Of or created by an artist without formal training; simple or naive in style.
b. Of or relating to late medieval or pre-Renaissance European painters or sculptors.
1. A person belonging to a nonindustrial, often tribal society, especially a society characterized by a low level of economic or technological complexity.
2. Derogatory An unsophisticated or unintelligent person.
3. One that is at a low or early stage of development.
a. One belonging to an early stage in the development of an artistic trend, especially a painter of the pre-Renaissance period.
b. An artist having or affecting a simple, direct, unschooled style, as of painting.
c. A work of art created by a primitive artist.
5. Linguistics
a. A word or word element from which another word is derived by morphological or historical processes or from which inflected forms are derived.
b. A basic and indivisible unit of linguistic analysis. Also called prime.
6. Mathematics An algebraic or geometric expression from which another expression is derived.
7. Computers A basic or fundamental unit of machine instruction or translation.

[Middle English, from Old French primitif, primitive, from Latin prīmitīvus, from prīmitus, at first, from prīmus, first; see per in Indo-European roots.]

prim′i·tive·ly adv.
prim′i·tive·ness, prim′i·tiv′i·ty n.
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Noun1.primitiveness - a wild or unrefined state
natural state, state of nature, wild - a wild primitive state untouched by civilization; "he lived in the wild"; "they collected mushrooms in the wild"
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What I like about it is the struggle, the endeavor with one's own hands, the primitiveness of it, the realness.
Mallat describes how, during production, he pushed his participants to reach raw emotion and primitiveness through psychotherapy.
The opposition of the animal primitiveness to the controlled behavior each girl must maintain to succeed creates a tension that is palpable.
What might surprise at least some observers is the primitiveness of analysis, which is usually reduced to an evaluation of who is 'good' or who is 'bad'--or, in other offerings, who is 'very bad' and who is simply 'bad'.
In general, primitiveness and loutishness are very characteristic of the current rhetoric coming out of Washington," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russia's state-owned RIA news agency.
Idealizing their primitiveness and positioning Orlando among the unsophisticated society, Woolf draws attention to the separation form the past, tradition, history, and institutions.
Such dehumanisation and the seeming primitiveness of the generated sounds are quite refreshing within the collection.
This mesa altar or altar table was made in the hinterlands of the Ilocos, as evidenced by the primitiveness of its execution,' Tinio noted.
Contributing to this sense of strangeness is the evidence everywhere of the modern world laid on top of the basic primitiveness of life for the Haitians who I met and worked with around Pignon.
The penal code says; a sentence to life imprisonment shall be equivalent to a term of twenty (20) years, moreover the judgement by the so called Judges in the Republic of South Sudan against the prosecuted sixteen (16) corrupt individuals within the Presidency is not a binding judgement rather; it is a political motivated scenario accompanied by sectarianism, greediness, primitiveness and lack of intellectual dynamism within the Presidency and Judiciary in the Country.
Bachelard explains that nests are paradoxically fragile yet secure, hidden yet discoverable: "well-being takes us back to the primitiveness of the refuge.
This dietary pattern is becoming evident in both urban and rural Botswana with the young generation perceiving some of traditional foods as a symbol of primitiveness [16].