primitive concept

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primitive concept (plural primitive concepts)

  1. A concept that cannot be defined in terms of other concepts.
    • 1936, Arnold Dresden, An Invitation to Mathematics[1]:
      Every concept admitted in geometry is either a primitive concept, or else is obtained by a definition in terms of the primitive concepts.
    • 2005, Rolf Engelbrecht, A. Geissbuhler, C. Lovis, Connecting Medical Informatics and Bio-Informatics[2]:
      A primitive concept is essential to the representation of the specialty. A defined concept is built from one or more primitive concepts and one or more relationships.