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  • adv. In a primitive manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Originally; at first.
  • adv. Primarily; not derivatively.
  • adv. According to the original rule or ancient practice; in the ancient style.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Originally; at first.
  • Primarily; not derivatively.
  • According to the original rule or oldest practice; in the ancient or antique style.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with reference to the origin or beginning
  • adv. in a primitive style or manner


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  • Ultimately, it also proves the primitively atavistic nature of human beings: that altruism is an unnatural societal construct and that self-interest is the natural impulse of the human animal.

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  • I think that 50 years from now, we'll look back and be stunned to think about how primitively certain social issues were conceived and handled.

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