Meaning of PRIMITIVE in English

PRIMITIVE

transcription, транскрипция: [ prɪmɪtɪv ]

1.

Primitive means belonging to a society in which people live in a very simple way, usually without industries or a writing system.

...studies of primitive societies.

ADJ : usu ADJ n

2.

Primitive means belonging to a very early period in the development of an animal or plant.

...primitive whales...

It is a primitive instinct to flee a place of danger.

ADJ

3.

If you describe something as primitive , you mean that it is very simple in style or very old-fashioned.

It’s using some rather primitive technology.

≠ sophisticated

ADJ

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