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a. Remaining in a pure state, without human alteration: a pristine stream.
b. Remaining free from dirt or decay; clean: pristine mountain snow.
2. Of, relating to, or typical of the earliest time or condition; primitive or original.
1. of or involving the earliest period, state, etc; original
2. pure; uncorrupted
3. fresh, clean, and unspoiled: his pristine new car.
[C15: from Latin pristinus primitive; related to prīmus first, prime]
Usage: The use of pristine to mean fresh, clean, and unspoiled is considered by some people to be incorrect
pris•tine(ˈprɪs tin, prɪˈstin; esp. Brit. ˈprɪs taɪn)
1. having its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied.
2. of or pertaining to the earliest period or state.
[1525–35; < Latin pristinus early; akin to prīmus first, prime]
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|Adj.||1.||pristine - completely free from dirt or contamination; "pristine mountain snow"|
pure - free of extraneous elements of any kind; "pure air and water"; "pure gold"; "pure primary colors"; "the violin's pure and lovely song"; "pure tones"; "pure oxygen"
|2.||pristine - immaculately clean and unused; "handed her his pristine white handkerchief"|
clean - free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits; "children with clean shining faces"; "clean white shirts"; "clean dishes"; "a spotlessly clean house"; "cats are clean animals"