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primitive

 [prim´ĭ-tiv]
first in point of time; existing in a simple or early form that shows little complexity.

prim·i·tive

(prim'i-tiv),
Obsolete usage in embryology, replace by primordial.
[L. primitivus, fr. primus, first]

primitive

/prim·i·tive/ (prim´ĭ-tiv) first in point of time; existing in a simple or early form that shows little complexity.

primitive

[prim′itiv]
Etymology: L, primivus
1 undeveloped; undifferentiated; rudimentary; showing little or no evolution.
2 embryonic; formed early in the course of development; existing in an early or simple form. Compare definitive.

primitive

adjective Embrology Undifferentiated; undeveloped; before development of 1º germ layers–ectoderm, endoderm, mesoderm Psychiatry Pertaining to the early development of the personality

pri·mor·di·al

(prī-mōr'dē-ăl)
1. Relating to a primordium.
2. Relating to a structure in its first or earliest stage of development.
Synonym(s): primal (2) , primitive.

primitive

of ancient origin but present in modern organisms in an unmodified and unspecialized form.

primitive

first in point of time; existing in a simple or early form; showing little evolution.

primitive groove
longitudinal furrow in the primitive streak of the embryo.
primitive knot
primitive node
enlarged cranial end of the primitive streak.
primitive streak
the thickened median area of the epiblast which sets out the future longitudinal axis of the early embryo.
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Reproducing the regulating guilds' discourse some ethnophaulism ("Grobschmiede" or "Kesselflicker") are thought to insinuate the primitiveness of their occupations, as well as the secondary role they were tolerated to play in local economy.
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Often suffused with discourses of cultural progress and development, minority music scholarship works as much to preserve the assumingly vanishing musical traditions as to "civilize" their alleged primitiveness, bringing them into the orbit of Chinese modernization.
It would be a mistake, however, to take this economy of style as an indicator of the Bible's essential simplicity or primitiveness as a work of literature.
Dunbar is well aware of the role that the language of primitiveness plays in racism, and here he is playing with and inverting the dichotomy of civilized/primitive.
Historically, the terms "corruption" and economic backwardness (as opposed to the perceived civilized and enlightened values of "fairness," "openness," and "transparency") have typically featured in imperialist narratives that invoke the primitiveness of less-developed states (Shore and Haller, 2005).
The historical discourses of travelers, missionaries, anthropologists, biologists and colonialists on African primitiveness, savagery, the hierarchy of civilizations, the evolution of the species and accompanying notions of European racial superiority show remarkable ideological similarity to current discourse on Africa, suggesting a significant influence and homogenizing effect on current discourse (1995,487).
Johnson attempted to explain his artistic philosophy as follows: "My aim is to express in a natural way what I feel, what is in me, both rhythmically and spiritually, all that which in time has been saved up in my family of primitiveness and tradition, and which is now concentrated in me.
Contemptuous of anything that smacks of the "Idea of Progress"--the notion that "mankind has advanced over the centuries through quickening stages of development, from primitiveness and barbarism to enlightenment and civilization"--he is scathingly critical of those who advocate policies rooted in utopian expectations.
Prescientific" connotes an ethnocentric distinction between the alleged primitiveness of the Wendat and Haudenosaunee and the sophistication or, perhaps, even the truth, of modern Western knowledge.
I quickly realised that it is the very primitiveness and childlike quality of Lowry's pictures that lends them their appeal, no matter how many times you have seen the same factory scene hanging in a hotel reception or someone's living room.
In narrating, reporting, and memorializing their manifold experiences, German women appropriated the masculine and racist discourse of conquest and colonization, of Reich modernity over ethnic backwardness and Polish primitiveness, and of emerging German order triumphing over Polish chaos.