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Preceding all others in a series; before any other; 1st
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  1. Preceding all others in a series; before any other; 1st
  2. Corresponding in order to the number one.
  3. Ranking above all others, as in importance or quality; foremost:
Of the time before the biblical Flood
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  1. Of the time before the biblical Flood
  2. Very old, old-fashioned, or primitive
  3. (Bible) Occurring or belonging to the era before the Flood.
Being in an early stage of development or having a simple form:
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  1. Being in an early stage of development or having a simple form:
  2. Basic; minimal; with less than, or only the minimum, necessary.
  3. Of or relating to one or more rudiments
In an early stage; undeveloped; rudimentary
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  1. In an early stage; undeveloped; rudimentary
  2. Rudimentary; incipient:
  3. (Figuratively) Something, especially a project, that is very new and is still evolving; something that has yet to reach its full potential.
Of the earliest times or ages; primal; primordial
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  1. Of the earliest times or ages; primal; primordial
  2. Belonging to the first or earliest age or ages; original or ancient:
Relating to a Native American culture prevalent throughout much of North America from about 8000 bc to about 1000 bc , characterized especially by the development of Mesolithic tools and by the increased reliance on smaller game animals as the large Pleistocene mammals became extinct.
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  1. Relating to a Native American culture prevalent throughout much of North America from about 8000 bc to about 1000 bc , characterized especially by the development of Mesolithic tools and by the increased reliance on smaller game animals as the large Pleistocene mammals became extinct.
  2. Relating to, being, or characteristic of words and language that were once in regular use but are now relatively rare and suggestive of an earlier style or period.
  3. Relating to or being an early form of Homo sapiens or a closely related species, such as Neanderthal, that is anatomically distinct from modern humans.
(Biology) Belonging to or characteristic of the earliest stage of development of an organism or a part:
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  1. (Biology) Belonging to or characteristic of the earliest stage of development of an organism or a part:
  2. Not derivative; fundamental; original
  3. (Biol.) Earliest formed in the development of an organism, organ, structure, etc.; primitive
(Statistics) In an unanalyzed form; not adjusted to allow for related circumstances or data.
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  1. (Statistics) In an unanalyzed form; not adjusted to allow for related circumstances or data.
  2. Undisguised or unadorned; plain:
  3. In a raw or natural condition, before being prepared for use; not refined or processed
Regarded as being risky, dangerous, offensive, etc., often as a result of lacking in conventional social controls
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  1. Regarded as being risky, dangerous, offensive, etc., often as a result of lacking in conventional social controls
  2. Being in a natural state:
  3. Not refined, polished, or prepared; natural, crude, etc.
Having few parts or features; not complicated or elaborate:
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  1. Having few parts or features; not complicated or elaborate:
  2. Without ostentation or affectation; natural
  3. (--- Biology) Having no divisions or branches; not compound:
Having or showing little skill or development; primitive
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  1. Having or showing little skill or development; primitive
  2. Lacking refinement, culture, or elegance; uncouth, boorish, coarse, vulgar, etc.
  3. In a natural, raw state:
Relating to an inherited trait that reappears in an individual after being absent from a strain of organism for several generations. Atavistic traits were formerly thought to be throwbacks to ancestral types but are now known to be due to the inheritance of a pair of recessive genes.
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  1. Relating to an inherited trait that reappears in an individual after being absent from a strain of organism for several generations. Atavistic traits were formerly thought to be throwbacks to ancestral types but are now known to be due to the inheritance of a pair of recessive genes.
Used to describe behaviours deemed savage or inappropriate.
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  1. Used to describe behaviours deemed savage or inappropriate.
  2. Crude, barbarous, wild, uncultured.
  3. Used to describe people who display a marked lack of manners as defined by a given culture.
Without civilization; primitive; barbarous
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  1. Without civilization; primitive; barbarous
  2. Wild, uncultivated, rugged, etc.
  3. Not domesticated or cultivated; wild:
Not cultured or cultivated:
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  1. Not cultured or cultivated:
  2. Not cultured or civilized; lacking in delicacy or refinement.
Related genetically:
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  1. Related genetically:
  2. Conforming to the usual or ordinary course of nature:
  3. Present in or produced by nature:
Of, like, or characteristic of barbarians; uncivilized; primitive
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  1. Of, like, or characteristic of barbarians; uncivilized; primitive
  2. Of or relating to a barbarian; uncivilised, uncultured or uncouth.
  3. Wild, crude, and unrestrained
Characteristic of barbarians; primitive or lacking in civilization
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  1. Characteristic of barbarians; primitive or lacking in civilization
  2. Uncultured, crude, coarse, rough, etc.
  3. Marked by the use or occurrence of barbarisms in spoken or written language.
Cruel; barbarous
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  1. Cruel; barbarous
  2. Uncivilized; crude
  3. Of or like a barbarian
Characterized by or showing hostility:
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  1. Characterized by or showing hostility:
  2. Hostile and violent, especially by nature or temperament; ferocious:
  3. Of a violently cruel nature; savage; wild
Wild, uncontrolled, especially of animals not domesticated or trained to human contact.
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  1. Wild, uncontrolled, especially of animals not domesticated or trained to human contact.
Crude; unrefined.
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  1. Crude; unrefined.
  2. Awkward; clumsy; ungainly
  3. (Archaic) Not known or familiar; strange
Of the Goths or their language or culture
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  1. Of the Goths or their language or culture
  2. Designating, of, or related to a style of architecture developed in W Europe between the 12th and 16th cent. and characterized by the use of ribbed vaulting, flying buttresses, pointed arches, steep, high roofs, etc.
  3. Of or relating to an architectural style derived from medieval Gothic.
Showing or arising from a lack of education or knowledge:
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  1. Showing or arising from a lack of education or knowledge:
  2. Lacking knowledge (in a particular area or matter)
  3. Having little knowledge, education, or experience; uneducated; inexperienced
Based on little or no evidence or probability; unfounded:
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  1. Based on little or no evidence or probability; unfounded:
  2. Full of, marked by, or suggestive of strong, uncontrolled emotion:
  3. Living or growing in its original, natural state and not normally domesticated or cultivated
Relating to the physical as distinct from the rational or spiritual nature of people:
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  1. Relating to the physical as distinct from the rational or spiritual nature of people:
  2. Any of the multicellular organisms belonging to the kingdom Animalia. All animals are eukaryotes, with each of their cells having a nucleus containing DNA. Most animals develop from a blastula and have a digestive tract, nervous system, the ability to move voluntarily, and specialized sensory organs for recognizing and responding to stimuli in the environment. Animals are heterotrophs, feeding on plants, other animals, or organic matter. The first animals probably evolved from protists and appeared during the Precambrian Era.
  3. Relating to, characteristic of, or derived from an animal or animals, especially when not human:
Rough; uncivilized:
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  1. Rough; uncivilized:
  2. Of or like a brute; savage, gross, stupid, sensual, irrational, etc.
  3. Crude in feeling or manner.
Not yet processed, cleaned, etc. as by chemical treatment; untreated
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  1. Not yet processed, cleaned, etc. as by chemical treatment; untreated
  2. Not finished, covered, or coated:
  3. In its natural condition; not changed by art, dilution, manufacture, aging, etc.
Not taught or instructed; uneducated; ignorant
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  1. Not taught or instructed; uneducated; ignorant
  2. Acquired without being taught; natural
  3. Not acquired by instruction; natural.
Living in a land before colonization by the Europeans. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
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  1. Living in a land before colonization by the Europeans. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
  2. Of or characteristic of aborigines
  3. Existing (in a place) from the beginning or from earliest days; first; indigenous
Easily led or deceived; simple; naive
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  1. Easily led or deceived; simple; naive
  2. Of, relating to, or advocating ecological awareness, the preservation of natural resources, etc.
  3. Beneficial to the environment or less harmful to the environment than others:
  1. Of a person, ignorant, uneducated, untaught, untrained.
  2. Of a behavior, not learned; innate.
  3. Known or acquired without conscious study
Not tutored or taught; uneducated
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  1. Not tutored or taught; uneducated
  2. Untrained, not taught or educated in a field of knowledge
  3. Simple; naive; unsophisticated
Not fully developed:
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  1. Not fully developed:
  2. Processed in too weak a developing solution, or for too short a time, or at too low a temperature to produce a normal degree of contrast. Used of film.
  3. Not developed to the proper or desirable degree; specif., so inadequately developed economically and industrially as to have a relatively low standard of living
Showing a marked departure from previous practice; new:
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  1. Showing a marked departure from previous practice; new:
  2. Not derived from something else; fresh and unusual:
  3. Preceding all others in time; first:
Relating to an organic molecule, such as an alcohol, in which the functional group is attached to a primary carbon. A primary alcohol, for example, has the hydroxyl (OH) group attached to the last carbon in a chain.
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  1. Relating to an organic molecule, such as an alcohol, in which the functional group is attached to a primary carbon. A primary alcohol, for example, has the hydroxyl (OH) group attached to the last carbon in a chain.
  2. (Botany) Of, relating to, or derived from a primary meristem.
  3. Not derived from anything else; basic or original:
Being the most desired or suitable example of something:
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  1. Being the most desired or suitable example of something:
  2. Highest in quality; excellent:
  3. First or highest in rank or importance; main:
Designating, of, or resulting from a process of manufacturing steel from high-phosphorus iron, in which the refining agent is a basic slag formed from a basic furnace lining and the addition of lime
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  1. Designating, of, or resulting from a process of manufacturing steel from high-phosphorus iron, in which the refining agent is a basic slag formed from a basic furnace lining and the addition of lime
  2. Of, being, or serving as a starting point or basis:
  3. Of, at, or forming a base; fundamental; essential
Being a chemical element in uncombined form
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  1. Being a chemical element in uncombined form
  2. Basic and powerful; not subtle or refined; primal
  3. Fundamental or essential; basic.
Of, relating to, or constituting the basic, essential, or fundamental part:
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  1. Of, relating to, or constituting the basic, essential, or fundamental part:
  2. Of or having to do with the formal instruction of children in basic subjects
  3. Of, relating to, or involving the fundamental or simplest aspects of a subject:
(Medicine) Relating to or being a condition or a disease whose cause is unknown:
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  1. (Medicine) Relating to or being a condition or a disease whose cause is unknown:
  2. Fundamentally important or necessary:
  3. (Biochemistry) Being a substance that is required for normal functioning but cannot be synthesized by the body and therefore must be included in the diet:
Forming or serving as an essential component of a system or structure; central:
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  1. Forming or serving as an essential component of a system or structure; central:
  2. Of or forming a foundation or basis; basic; essential
  3. Relating to what is basic; radical
Beyond which further analysis, division, etc. cannot be made; elemental; fundamental; primary
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  1. Beyond which further analysis, division, etc. cannot be made; elemental; fundamental; primary
  2. Representing or exhibiting the greatest possible development or sophistication:
  3. Fundamental; elemental:
Taking precedence; prior:
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  1. Taking precedence; prior:
  2. Basic; fundamental:
  3. Basic or fundamental
Having existed a long time; very old
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  1. Having existed a long time; very old
  2. Of great age; very old:
  3. Of times long past; belonging to the early history of the world, esp. before the end of the Western Roman Empire (a.d. 476)
Maturing or developing relatively soon:
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  1. Maturing or developing relatively soon:
  2. Of or belonging to an initial stage of development:
Behind others in progress or development:
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  1. Behind others in progress or development:
  2. (Of motion) Pertaining to the direction towards the back.
  3. (Of motion) Pertaining to the direction reverse of normal.
Being in a state of moral or intellectual darkness; unenlightened.
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  1. Being in a state of moral or intellectual darkness; unenlightened.
  2. Lacking knowledge or education; unenlightened
  3. Intellectually or morally backward; unenlightened
Resulting from ignorance; foolish; silly.
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  1. Resulting from ignorance; foolish; silly.
  2. Having little knowledge, education, or experience; uneducated; inexperienced
  3. Showing or arising from a lack of education or knowledge:
Not enlightened; ignorant in general or of some particular fact.
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  1. Not enlightened; ignorant in general or of some particular fact.
Being in an unrefined or natural state:
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  1. Being in an unrefined or natural state:
  2. Lacking tact or taste; blunt or offensive:
  3. In a raw or natural condition, before being prepared for use; not refined or processed
Not having been subjected to adjustment, treatment, or analysis:
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  1. Not having been subjected to adjustment, treatment, or analysis:
  2. Not finished, covered, or coated:
  3. Inexperienced or untrained:
Coarse or shaggy to the touch:
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  1. Coarse or shaggy to the touch:
  2. Lacking polish or finesse:
  3. Coarse, as texture, cloth, food, etc.
Lacking refinement, culture, or elegance; uncouth, boorish, coarse, vulgar, etc.
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  1. Lacking refinement, culture, or elegance; uncouth, boorish, coarse, vulgar, etc.
  2. Crude, unfinished, or made with limited skill:
  3. In a natural, raw state:
Not elaborated, perfected, or completed:
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  1. Not elaborated, perfected, or completed:
  2. Not refined in manners; uncivilized; rude; plain.
  3. Lacking good manners, culture, or refinement.
Of the earliest times or ages; primal; primordial
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  1. Of the earliest times or ages; primal; primordial
  2. Belonging to the first or earliest age or ages; original or ancient:
Uncivilized; crude
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  1. Uncivilized; crude
  2. Of or like a barbarian
  3. Cruel; barbarous
Of, like, or characteristic of barbarians; uncivilized; primitive
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  1. Of, like, or characteristic of barbarians; uncivilized; primitive
  2. Of, relating to, or characteristic of barbarians.
  3. Wild, crude, and unrestrained
Primitive or undeveloped in culture and customs; uncivilized.
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  1. Primitive or undeveloped in culture and customs; uncivilized.
  2. Marked by the use or occurrence of barbarisms in spoken or written language.
  3. Characteristic of barbarians; primitive or lacking in civilization
Lacking refinement, culture, or elegance; uncouth, boorish, coarse, vulgar, etc.
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  1. Lacking refinement, culture, or elegance; uncouth, boorish, coarse, vulgar, etc.
  2. Undeveloped or uncivilized; primitive:
  3. Barbarous or ignorant
Fierce; ferocious; untamed
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  1. Fierce; ferocious; untamed
  2. Not domesticated or cultivated; wild:
  3. Wild, uncultivated, rugged, etc.
Not civilized; barbarous; unenlightened
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  1. Not civilized; barbarous; unenlightened
  2. Used to describe people who display a marked lack of manners as defined by a given culture.
  3. Crude, barbarous, wild, uncultured.
Inadequately educated; lacking art or knowledge; unrefined; uncultured; uncivilized.
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  1. Inadequately educated; lacking art or knowledge; unrefined; uncultured; uncivilized.
  2. Not cultivated by standard agricultural methods:
  3. Not cultivated by agricultural methods; not prepared for cultivation.
Not cultured or cultivated:
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  1. Not cultured or cultivated:
  2. Not cultured or civilized; lacking in delicacy or refinement.
Based on little or no evidence or probability; unfounded:
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  1. Based on little or no evidence or probability; unfounded:
  2. Occurring, growing, or living in a natural state; not domesticated, cultivated, or tamed:
  3. Characterized by a lack of moral restraint; dissolute or licentious:
(Archaic) Uncivilized.
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  1. (Archaic) Uncivilized.
  2. Discourteous; rude:
  3. Not civilized; savage; barbarous; uncivilized.
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