primal

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adjective pri·mal \ ˈprī-məl \

Definition of primal

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

Examples of primal in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of primal

Medieval Latin primalis, from Latin primus first — more at prime


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Definition of primal for English Language Learners

  • : very basic and powerful


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