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Overview of noun primitive

The noun primitive has 3 senses? (no senses from tagged texts)
1. primitive, primitive person

(a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization)

2. primitive

(a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived)

3. primitive

(a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms; "`pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived")


Overview of adj primitive

The adj primitive has 4 senses? (first 3 from tagged texts)
1. (8) crude, primitive, rude

(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")

2. (2) archaic, primitive

(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")

3. (1) primitive

(used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies; "primitive societies")

4. primitive, naive

(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")

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