Definition of primal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpraɪml//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraɪml//
[only before noun] (formal)
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connected with the earliest origins of life; very basic synonym primeval the primal hunter-gatherer a primal urge/fear Word Origin early 17th cent.: from medieval Latin primalis, from Latin primus ‘first’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: primal