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English definition of “primitive”


adjective     /ˈprɪm.ɪ.tɪv/ US  /-t̬ɪv/
C1 relating to human society at a very early stage of development , with people living in a simple way without machines or a writing system : Primitive races colonized these islands 2,000 years ago. primitive man The spiny anteater is a mammal , although a very primitive one.Prehistory C1 disapproving describes living conditions that are basic , unpleasant , and uncomfortable : Early settlers had to cope with very primitive living conditions .Comfortable and uncomfortable
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