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primal

adjective pri·mal \ˈprī-məl\

: very basic and powerful

Full Definition of PRIMAL

1
:  original, primitive <village life continued in its primal innocence — Van Wyck Brooks>
2
:  first in importance :  primary

Examples of PRIMAL

  1. <the primal theme of the essay is toleration of religious diversity>
  2. <there was a period of primal idealism after the founding of the republic and before the rise of partisan politics>

Origin of PRIMAL

Medieval Latin primalis, from Latin primus first — more at prime
First Known Use: 1602

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