What is primitive?

  • (noun): A word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms.
    Example: "'pick' is the primitive from which 'picket' is derived"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on primitive, primitives:

Primitive Pit
... The primitive pit is a depression in the center of the primitive node, connecting to the notochord ... It consists of part of the primitive streak ...
Primitive - Music
... Primitive (Cyndi Lauper song), by Cyndi Lauper Primitive (The Groupies song), by The Groupies and covered by The Cramps The Primitives, a British indie rock band Primitive (album), by Soulfly ...
Sir William Pickles Hartley - Philanthropy
... Hartley was a Primitive Methodist and applied his Christian principles to business ... Equally generous to Primitive Methodism, he supported an organization for building chapels, acted as treasurer of its missionary society, and converted the old ... In 1896 the Primitive Methodists created the Hartley lectures in recognition of W ...
Loop Variant - Practical Considerations
... function call, it is no longer capable of full μ-recursion, but only primitive recursion ... complexity, however, functions that are not primitive recursive lie far beyond the realm of what is usually considered tractable ... Considering even the simple case of exponentiation as a primitive recursive function, and that the composition of primitive recursive functions is primitive ...
Saving The Appearances: A Study In Idolatry - Synopsis - §4: Participation
... context, Barfield argues against a common view that says 1) the phenomena or representations of primitives are just like ours, and 2) the primitive differs from us in primitively theorizing that ... The primitive in that common view is a sort of baby scientist just starting out who comes up with childish, superstitious causal explanations ... Barfield disagrees with this portrayal of the primitive mind, citing anthropologists Émile Durkheim and Lucien Lévy-Brühl to the effect that primitive people do not perceive the world in the ...

More definitions of "primitive":

  • (adj): Of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style.
    Example: "Primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking"
  • (noun): A mathematical expression from which another expression is derived.
  • (adj): Belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness.
    Example: "Primitive movies of the 1890s"; "primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mountains"
    Synonyms: crude, rude
  • (adj): Little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type.
    Example: "Primitive mammals"; "the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe"
    Synonyms: archaic
  • (adj): Used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies.
    Example: "Primitive societies"
  • (noun): A person who belongs to early stage of civilization.
    Synonyms: primitive person

Famous quotes containing the word primitive:

    Human beings will be happier—not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That’s my utopia.
    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (b. 1922)

    These modern ingenious sciences and arts do not affect me as those more venerable arts of hunting and fishing, and even of husbandry in its primitive and simple form; as ancient and honorable trades as the sun and moon and winds pursue, coeval with the faculties of man, and invented when these were invented. We do not know their John Gutenberg, or Richard Arkwright, though the poets would fain make them to have been gradually learned and taught.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The glory of the farmer is that, in the division of labors, it is his part to create. All trade rests at last on his primitive activity.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)