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primal

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of primal

  1. 1 coming before all others in importance <the primal theme of the essay is toleration of religious diversity> Synonyms arch, big, capital, cardinal, central, chief, dominant, first, grand, great, greatest, highest, key, leading, main, master, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, overbearing, overmastering, overriding, paramount, predominant, preeminent, premier, foremost, primary, principal, prior, sovereign (also sovran), supremeRelated Words distinguished, eminent, illustrious, noble, notable, noteworthy, outstanding, prestigious, signal, star, stellar, superior; high-level, senior, top; important, influential, major, mighty, momentous, significant; incomparable, matchless, unequaled (or unequalled), unparalleled, unsurpassed; celebrated, famed, famous, renownedNear Antonyms inconsequential, inconsiderable, insignificant, minor, negligible, slight, trifling, trivial, unimportant; collateral, inferior, secondary, subordinate, subsidiaryAntonyms last, least

  2. 2 relating to or occurring near the beginning of a process, series, or time period <there was a period of primal idealism after the founding of the republic and before the rise of partisan politics> Synonyms ancient, early, primeval, primitive, primordialRelated Words budding, embryonic, germinal, infant; aged, age-old, antediluvian, antiquated, antique, dateless, hoary, old, prehistoric (also prehistorical); obsolete, outmoded, out-of-date, passéNear Antonyms advanced, complex, developed, evolved, high, higher; full-blown, full-fledged, full-scaleAntonyms late




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