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Primitive may refer to:
- Anarcho-primitivism, an anarchist critique of the origins and progress of civilization
- Primitive culture, one that lacks major signs of economic development or modernity
- Noble savage, a particular stock character in literature, i.e., a person uncorrupted by the influences of civilization
- Primitive communism, a pre-agrarian form of communism according to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
- Primitive Church, another name for early Christianity
- Restorationism, also described as Christian primitivism, is the belief that Christianity should be restored along the lines of what is known about the apostolic early church.
- Primitive Baptist, a religious movement seeking to retain or restore early Christian practices
- Primitive Methodism
- Primitive (phylogenetics) characteristic of an early stage of development or evolution, cf. basal
- Primitive equations, a set of nonlinear differential equations that are used to approximate atmospheric flow
- Primitive element (field theory)
- Primitive element (finite field)
- Primitive cell (crystallography)
- Primitive notion, axiomatic systems
- Primitive polynomial (disambiguation), one of two concepts
- Primitive function or Antiderivative, F′ = f
- Primitive permutation group
- Primitive root of unity; see Root of unity#General definition.
- Primitive triangle, an integer triangle whose sides have no common prime factor
- Language primitive, the simplest element provided by a programming language
- Machine code, instructions and data directly understandable by a CPU
- Primitive data type, a datatype provided by a programming language
- Geometric primitive, the simplest kinds of figures in computer graphics
- Cryptographic primitives, low-level cryptographic algorithms frequently used to build computer security systems
- Naïve art, created by untrained artists
- Neo-primitivism, looks to early human history, folk art and non-Western or children's art for inspiration
- Primitivism, an early 20th-century art movement
- Primitive decorating, a style of decorating using primitive folk art style that is characteristic of a historic or early Americana time period
- Primitive (Róisín Murphy song), by Róisín Murphy and Ivan Corraliza, from Murphy's Overpowered album (2007)
- Primitive (Annie Lennox song), by Annie Lennox, from her Diva album (1992)
- Primitive (Killing Joke song), by Jaz Coleman and Killing Joke, from their eponymous début album (1980)
- Primitive (The Groupies song), by The Groupies and covered by The Cramps
- Primitive (Cyndi Lauper song), by Cyndi Lauper
- Primitive change, a general term encompassing a number of basic molecular alterations in the course of a chemical reaction.
- IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: http://goldbook.iupac.org (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8. doi:10.1351/goldbook. Last update: 2014-02-24; version: 2.3.3.
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