AskDefine | Define primal

Dictionary Definition

primal adj
1 serving as an essential component; "a cardinal rule"; "the central cause of the problem"; "an example that was fundamental to the argument"; "computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure" [syn: cardinal, central, fundamental, key]
2 having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state; "aboriginal forests"; "primal eras before the appearance of life on earth"; "the forest primeval"; "primordial matter"; "primordial forms of life" [syn: aboriginal, primeval, primaeval, primordial]

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English

Etymology

From Medieval Latin primalis, from primus, first.

Pronunciation

Adjective

primal (no comparative or superlative)
  1. Being the first in time, or history.
    primal man
  2. Being of greatest importance; primary.

Synonyms

Translations

Being the first in time, or history
Being of greatest importance; primary

Extensive Definition

Primal can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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