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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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And much like the depiction of the American frontier as a "virgin land" despite a Native American presence, Cole fails to see that the primitivity of the Mexican landscape is an illusion generated by those who want to possess it for their own ideological purposes.
That is, both theoretical vocabularies establish developmentally progressive narratives by making primitivity of form an indicator of historical priority.
In addition to exploding the barrier between high and popular culture, their particular procedure for judging jazz introduced a sensitivity to cultural hybridity that made it difficult merely to call jazz a subspecies of la musique negre and judge it for its expression of racial primitivity.
2) Given primitivity, one can use the following fact: if a and a are primitive elements modulo m then [Alpha] = [a.
The premodern husband's helpmate work of Melanesian women in 'Bonanza of copper and gold' (Leydet and Austen 1982:162) is gendered with vulnerability, primitivity, superstition and the constraints of tradition.
The self-parodying humour which sometimes accompanies the subverting of whitefellas' values can be taken to confirm the worst white fears of a submerged irresponsible primitivity.
In this way, according to Coundouriotis, he makes an important contribution to the development of viable postcolonial cultural identities in Africa, especially through his demonstration of complicity between European (especially French) colonialism and precisely the practices (such as the Dahomean human sacrifices) that the Europeans identified as signs of African savagery and primitivity.
The former seem to have floundered about between absurd and ignorant imitations of science on the one hand and quasi-Darwinian notions of primitivity and moral degeneracy on the other, while the latter found an imitation dignity in an infantile appeal to a form of "cosmic sadness" formulated by Jack London and passed on to a striking subgenre of the early Modernist novel in America.
The promotion deal is necessary for parting with the myth of primitivity and works produced by an abstract tribal genius.
The lure of primitivity, of natural religion, and of soon-to-vanish cultural propriety is evoked in their names.
The immense success of Rousseau's doctrine--1) on the spontaneity of genius; 2) on the genius that is to be found in the area of primitivity and the unconscious; 3) on culture as rather a geniusinhibiting factor (the latter aspect has affinities with an important element in Franz Boas's anthropology: one's own cultural matrix needs to be surpassed or suspended if one wishes to understand it and other foreign cultural matrices)--can be explained by the fact that this type of Rousseauistic genius is easier to reach than is the case with classical genius, which did not look for originality at all, but only strove to be human, for which it needed a model to imitate.
Rather, it is common to find categorizations and classifications of indigenous people in terms that highlight their so-called primitivity such as the Australian aborigines, Canadian Indians and American natives.