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primal

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adjective pri·mal \ˈprī-məl\

Simple Definition of primal

  • : very basic and powerful

Full Definition of primal

  1. 1 :  original, primitive <village life continued in its primal innocence — Van Wyck Brooks>

  2. 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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