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primitiveadjective

uk   /ˈprɪm.ɪ.tɪv/ us   /ˈprɪm.ə.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.
C1 disapproving Primitive living conditions are basic, unpleasant, and uncomfortable: Early settlers had to cope with very primitive living conditions.

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primitiveadjective

us   /ˈprɪm·ɪ·t̬ɪv/
of or typical of an early stage of development; not advanced or complicated in structure: primitive art/tools The pioneers who settled the west had to cope with primitive living conditions.
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