Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. First of all, first born, primary, original.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. First born, or first of all; original; primary. See primogenial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • First-born; original; primary. Also primogenial.
  • Specifically applied to several animals of a primitive or early type after their kind, or to such a primitive type: as, the primigenial elephant (Elephas primigenius).

Etymologies

From latin adjective "primus" (first) and "genio" (from "generare", to create) + suffix -al (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If they mean that light which was primigenial and concreated with our natures, and those dictates of right and wrong which reason originally suggested and improved, they only say, in other words, that this law is still the unalterable rule of obedience unto all mankind.

    The Doctrine of Justification by Faith

  • Howbeit, the notion itself was the principal beam of our primigenial light, the best relic of our natural perfections; and those who are not some way under the power of a design to be like unto God are every way like unto the devil.

    Christologia

  • Hereby are the faculties of our souls exalted, elevated, and enabled to act primigenial powers, with respect unto God and our enjoyment of him; which is our utmost end and blessedness.

    Gospel Grounds and Evidences of the Faith of God���s Elect

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