1 adj Primitive means belonging to a society in which people live in a very simple way, usually without industries or a writing system.
usu ADJ n
...studies of primitive societies.
2 adj 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.
3 adj If you describe something as primitive, you mean that it is very simple in style or very old-fashioned., (Antonym: sophisticated)
It's using some rather primitive technology.
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