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Etymology

From Old French primitif, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] primitivus.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
primitive

Plural
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  1. An original or primary word; a word not derived from another; -- opposed to derivative.

Translations

Adjective

primitive (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
primitive

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. Of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early times; original; primordial; primeval; first; as, primitive innocence; the primitive church.
  2. Of or pertaining to a former time; old-fashioned; characterized by simplicity; as, a primitive style of dress.
  3. Original; primary; radical; not derived; as, primitive verb in grammar.
  4. (biology) Occurring in or characteristic of an early stage of development or evolution.

Derived terms

Translations


French

Adjective

primitive

  1. Feminine form of primitif.

Italian

Adjective

primitive f.

  1. Feminine plural form of primitivo

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