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Definition - What does Primitive mean?

Primitive is the simplest type of programming language item. It may also refer to the smallest processing unit accessible by a programmer.

In a high-level programming language, discrete statements and primitive data types perform a single operation or signify a single data item. Primitives are used to create more complex pieces of code.

Primitive types are also known as built-in types or basic types.

Techopedia explains Primitive

Primitive types are basic programming language building blocks. Primitive types may or may not have a one-to-one relationship with computer memory objects and are the fastest existing language constructs. A programmer combines primitives to create more complex operations, such as functions, procedures and methods.

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