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Adjective
Relating to the character of an early stage in the evolutionary or historical development of something
“The egg-laying platypus and its cousin, the anteater, along with marsupials, make up the most primitive group of living mammals.”
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From a very early or ancient time
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“The notion of an anthropomorphic god was a primitive relic of a time before science had revealed the insignificant place of our earth in the universe.”
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Of or denoting a simple, naive style or manner
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“However, he was not at first as interested in the Fine Arts of painting and drawing as he was with the exotic primitive arts that were being collected from South Sea Islands at that time.”
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Relating to, or denoting, a non-industrial society or culture
“Long before the Spanish arrived, the Chamorros maintained a simple and primitive civilization.”
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Very basic or unsophisticated in terms of comfort, convenience, or efficiency
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“We're not using primitive tools today because we prefer primitive tools. We're using primitive tools because we're still early in our journey towards creating better ones.”
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Having a wild or uncultivated nature or manner
“The degraded state of so many of these brutes is partly due to a reversion to a primitive and savage condition.”
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Of the most basic kind, especially on a fundamental level
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(of emotion or behaviour) Strongly instinctive and unreasoning
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Belonging or happening near the beginning of a particular period
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Aboriginal or native peoples
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Relating to lands or territory previously unsettled
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(of an organ or body part) Having become biologically functionless in the course of evolution
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Characterized by consuming human flesh
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Of, or like, an animal or animals
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Having or displaying a violent or ferocious aggressiveness
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(figuratively, of people) Lacking in experience
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An organism which eats others of its own species, especially a human who eats human flesh
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A rough and generally bad-mannered person
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An uncultured or brutish person
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