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  • of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style
    • primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking
  • used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies
    • primitive societies
  • little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type
    • archaic forms of life
    • primitive mammals
    • the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe
  • belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness
    • the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man
    • primitive movies of the 1890s
    • primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mountains
  • a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms
    • `pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived
  • a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived
  • a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization
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