- a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms
"`pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived"
- a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived
- used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies
- They used those primitive tools.
- This was quite primitive compared to that.
- In primitive societies barter was used.
- His wooden instruments were primitive even for his time.
- The anthropologist delivered a lecture on primitive cultures.
- Magic plays an important part in primitive society.
- Primitive calculating machines existed long before computers were developed.
- He contends that primitive life once existed on Mars.
- At that time a primitive people lived there.
- The primitive man was frightened at the sight of a savage beast.
- The primitive man was frightened at the sign of the beast.
- When the boys go camping, they enjoy living in a primitive way.
- The rioters were like animals in the grip of a primitive frenzy.
- If you are a member of a primitive community and wish to produce food, for example, there are two things you must do.
- If you are a member of a primitive community and you wish to produce, say, food, there are two things that you must do.