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primitive

prim·i·tive

primitive

 
pronunciation:
prih mih tihv
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having to do with an early stage or a condition that is not developed.
Primitive humans learned how to use fire.I have only a primitive understanding of how computers work.
antonyms:
advanced
similar words:
beginning, early, elementary, first, immature, initial, original, primary
definition 2: simple or not developed.
The holy man lived in a primitive house made of mud and grass.
synonyms:
plain
antonyms:
advanced, sophisticated
similar words:
austere, crude, immature, natural, rude, simple
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a human being of a primitive society.
similar words:
aborigine, barbarian, native, savage
derivations: primitively (adv.), primitiveness (n.)
Word History
Primitive comes from a Latin word that means "first or earliest of its kind."
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