PRIMITIVE

An adjective for belonging to the earliest stages of development in a particular field. It is possible to be described as primitive in art, language, society, a species or technology. The term is used less and less in social science, as it implies a superiority of one group over another simply because of arbitrary standards.

PRIMITIVE: "Rachel's sculptures were described as primitive but moving by the art critic."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PRIMITIVE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/primitive/ (accessed April 2, 2020).
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