What is primitive?

  • (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
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on primitive, primitives:

Loop Variant - Practical Considerations
... as a recursive function call, it is no longer capable of full μ-recursion, but only primitive recursion ... In terms of their computational 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 ...
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 Primitive (Neil ...
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 Holborn Town Hall into its ... In 1896 the Primitive Methodists created the Hartley lectures in recognition of W ...
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 ...
Saving The Appearances: A Study In Idolatry - Synopsis - §4: Participation
... 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 ...

More definitions of "primitive":

  • (noun): A mathematical expression from which another expression is derived.
  • (noun): A word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms.
    Example: "'pick' is the primitive from which 'picket' is derived"
  • (noun): A person who belongs to early stage of civilization.
    Synonyms: primitive person
  • (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"
  • (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): Used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies.
    Example: "Primitive societies"

Famous quotes containing the word primitive:

    The price we pay for the complexity of life is too high. When you think of all the effort you have to put in—telephonic, technological and relational—to alter even the slightest bit of behaviour in this strange world we call social life, you are left pining for the straightforwardness of primitive peoples and their physical work.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929)

    Look at this poet William Carlos Williams: he is primitive and native, and his roots are in raw forest and violent places; he is word-sick and place-crazy. He admires strength, but for what? Violence! This is the cult of the frontier mind.
    Edward Dahlberg (1900–1977)

    Through the din and desultoriness of noon, even in the most Oriental city, is seen the fresh and primitive and savage nature, in which Scythians and Ethiopians and Indians dwell. What is echo, what are light and shade, day and night, ocean and stars, earthquake and eclipse, there? The works of man are everywhere swallowed up in the immensity of nature. The AEgean Sea is but Lake Huron still to the Indian.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)