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 for primitive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Primitive \Prim"i*tive\, a. [L. primitivus, fr. primus the
     first: cf. F. primitif. See Prime, a.]
     1. Of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early
        times; original; primordial; primeval; first; as,
        primitive innocence; the primitive church. "Our primitive
        great sire." --Milton.
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     2. Of or pertaining to a former time; old-fashioned;
        characterized by simplicity; as, a primitive style of
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     3. Original; primary; radical; not derived; as, primitive
        verb in grammar.
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     Primitive axes of coordinate (Geom.), that system of axes
        to which the points of a magnitude are first referred,
        with reference to a second set or system, to which they
        are afterward referred.
     Primitive chord (Mus.), that chord, the lowest note of
        which is of the same literal denomination as the
        fundamental base of the harmony; -- opposed to derivative.
        --Moore (Encyc. of Music).
     Primitive circle (Spherical Projection), the circle cut
        from the sphere to be projected, by the primitive plane.
     Primitive colors (Paint.), primary colors. See under
     Primitive Fathers (Eccl.), the acknowledged Christian
        writers who flourished before the Council of Nice, A. D.
        325. --Shipley.
     Primitive groove (Anat.), a depression or groove in the
        epiblast of the primitive streak. It is not connected with
        the medullary groove, which appears later and in front of
     Primitive plane (Spherical Projection), the plane upon
        which the projections are made, generally coinciding with
        some principal circle of the sphere, as the equator or a
     Primitive rocks (Geol.), primary rocks. See under
     Primitive sheath. (Anat.) See Neurilemma.
     Primitive streak or Primitive trace (Anat.), an opaque
        and thickened band where the mesoblast first appears in
        the vertebrate blastoderm.
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     Syn: First; original; radical; pristine; ancient; primeval;
          antiquated; old-fashioned.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Primitive \Prim"i*tive\, n.
     An original or primary word; a word not derived from another;
     -- opposed to derivative.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: 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" [syn: crude,
             primitive, rude]
      2: 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"
         [syn: archaic, primitive]
      3: used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies;
         "primitive societies"
      4: 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" [syn: primitive, naive]
      n 1: a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization
           [syn: primitive, primitive person]
      2: a mathematical expression from which another expression is
      3: a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms;
         "`pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  188 Moby Thesaurus words for "primitive":
     Bronze Age man, Gothic, Hominidae, Iron Age man, Neanderthal,
     Stone Age man, ab ovo, abecedarian, aboriginal, aborigine,
     ancestral, ancient, animal, antediluvian, antenatal,
     antepatriarchal, anthropoid, ape-man, archaic, atavistic,
     autochthon, autochthonous, barbarian, barbaric, barbarous, basal,
     basic, basilar, beginning, bestial, brutal, brutish, budding,
     bushman, cave dweller, caveman, central, childlike, coarse,
     cognate, constituent, constitutive, creative, crucial, crude,
     derivation, derivative, doublet, earliest, earliest inhabitant,
     early, elemental, elementary, embryonic, endemic, eponym,
     erstwhile, essential, etymon, fetal, first, first comer, fore,
     formative, former, fossil man, foundational, fundamental,
     generative, genetic, germinal, gestatory, gut, homebred, homegrown,
     hominid, humanoid, ill-bred, immemorial, impolite, in embryo,
     in its infancy, in ovo, in the bud, inaugural, inceptive, inchoate,
     inchoative, incipient, incunabular, indigene, indigenous, infant,
     infantile, initial, initiative, initiatory, introductory,
     inventive, late, local, local yokel, man of old, material,
     missing link, naive, nascent, natal, native, native-born,
     noncivilized, of the essence, old, olden, once, onetime, original,
     outlandish, parturient, past, patriarchal, persistent, postnatal,
     preadamite, preglacial, pregnant, prehistoric, prehistoric man,
     prehuman, prenatal, previous, primal, primary, primate, prime,
     primeval, primitive settler, primogenial, primoprimitive,
     primordial, prior, pristine, procreative, protogenic,
     protohistoric, protohuman, quondam, radical, raw, recent, root,
     rough, rough-and-ready, rude, rudimental, rudimentary, savage,
     seminal, simple, simplistic, sometime, substantial, substantive,
     then, troglodyte, troglodytic, uncivil, uncivilized, uncombed,
     uncouth, uncultivated, uncultured, underived, underlying,
     undeveloped, unkempt, unlicked, unpolished, unrefined, unschooled,
     unsophisticated, untamed, untaught, untrained, untutored, ur,
     vernacular, wild

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      A function, operator, or type which is
     built into a programming language (or operating system),
     either for speed of execution or because it would be
     impossible to write it in the language.  Primitives typically
     include the arithmetic and logical operations (plus, minus,
     and, or, etc.) and are implemented by a small number of
     machine language instructions.

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