<*programming*> A function, operator, or type which is
built into a programming language (or operating system),
either for speed of execution or because it would be
impossible to write it in the language. Primitives typically
include the arithmetic and logical operations (plus, minus,
and, or, etc.) and are implemented by a small number of
machine language instructions.

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