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primitive

adjective

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  1. 1 belonging to or characteristic of an early level of skill or development primitive wooden tools were used before the Iron Age Synonyms of primitive crude, low, rude, rudimentary Words Related to primitive basic, simple, uncomplicated; homely, homespun, unsophisticated; early, embryonic, primeval, primordial; backward, underdeveloped, undeveloped; aged, ancient, antediluvian, antiquated, antique, dated, fusty, hoary, musty, obsolete, old, oldfangled, old-fashioned, old-time, out-of-date, outworn, passé, past, quaint, unmodernized Near Antonyms of primitive complex, complicated, intricate, involved, sophisticated; full-blown, grown, mature, matured, perfected, ripe, ripened; civilized, cultivated, enlightened, refined; contemporary, current, latest, mod, modern, modernistic, new, newfangled, new-fashioned, novel, now, present-day, space-age, state-of-the-art, supermodern, ultramodern, up-to-date Antonyms of primitive advanced, developed, evolved, high, higher, late

  2. 2 relating to or occurring near the beginning of a process, series, or time period a primitive period in church history when members still lived in communes Synonyms of primitive ancient, primal, primeval, early, primordialWords Related to primitive budding, embryonic, germinal, infant; aged, age-old, antediluvian, antiquated, antique, dateless, hoary, old, prehistoric (also prehistorical); obsolete, outmoded, out-of-date, passéNear Antonyms of primitive advanced, complex, developed, evolved, high, higher; full-blown, full-fledged, full-scaleAntonyms of primitive late

  3. 3 lacking in worldly wisdom or informed judgment her taste in art was still primitive, but she knew schlock when she saw it Synonyms of primitive aw-shucks, dewy, dewy-eyed, green, ingenuous, innocent, naïf (or naif), naive, simple, simpleminded, uncritical, unknowing, unsophisticated, unsuspecting, unsuspicious, unwary, unworldly, wide-eyedWords Related to primitive callow, childish, immature, inexperienced, raw; childlike, idealistic, impractical, unrealistic; believing, credulous, gullible (also gullable), susceptible, trustful, trusting, unguarded; beguiled, duped, gulled, tricked; careless, heedless, thoughtlessNear Antonyms of primitive critical, cynical, doubting, incredulous, skeptical, suspecting, suspicious, unconvinced; careful, cautious, guarded, leery (also leary), wary, watchful; down-to-earth, hardheaded, pragmatic (also pragmatical), realistic, sober; street-smart, streetwiseAntonyms of primitive cosmopolitan, experienced, knowing, sophisticated, worldly, worldly-wise


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