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PRIMAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does primal mean? 

PRIMAL (adjective)
  The adjective PRIMAL has 2 senses:

1. serving as an essential component
2. having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state

  Familiarity information: PRIMAL used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRIMAL (adjective)


Sense 1primal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Serving as an essential component

Synonyms:

key; fundamental; central; cardinal; primal

Context examples:

a cardinal rule / the central cause of the problem / an example that was fundamental to the argument / computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure

Similar:

important; of import (of great significance or value)


Sense 2primal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state

Synonyms:

primaeval; primeval; primordial; primal; aboriginal

Context examples:

aboriginal forests / primal eras before the appearance of life on earth / the forest primeval / primordial matter / primordial forms of life

Similar:

early (at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time)


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