primal (adj) – essential, fundamental, or elemental; of greatest importance; primitive
BREAKDOWN: PRIM- (first or foremost) + -AL (pertaining to)
— primal and primitive are similar in meaning, except that primitive is used to suggest that one thing, person, or culture is less sophisticated or advanced than another. Primal is not comparative.
This word is built on the root PRIM-, which means first, chief, or foremost.
Common PRIM- words include primary, primarily, primate, prime, and primitive.
More esoteric PRIM- words include primatology, primigenial, and primiparous.