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definition of the word secondary

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From Latin secundarius.

Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

secondary (comparative more secondary, superlative most secondary)

Positive
secondary

Comparative
more secondary

Superlative
most secondary

  1. Succeeding next in order to the first; of second place, origin, rank, rank, etc.; not primary; subordinate; not of the first order or rate.
  2. Acting by deputation or delegated authority; as, the work of secondary hands.
  3. Possessing some quality, or having been subject to some operation (as substitution), in the second degree; as, a secondary salt, a secondary amine, etc. Cf. primary.
  4. (geology) Subsequent in origin; -- said of minerals produced by alteration or deposition subsequent to the formation of the original rocks mass; also of characters of minerals (as secondary cleavage, etc.) developed by pressure or other causes.
  5. (zootomy) Pertaining to the second joint of the wing of a bird.
  6. (medicine) Dependent or consequent upon another disease; as, Bright's disease is often secondary to scarlet fever. (b) Occuring in the second stage of a disease; as, the secondary symptoms of syphilis.
  7. Of less than primary importance.
    • {{quote-book|title=Pioneers and Homemakers: Jewish Women in Pre-state Israel|page=227|author=Deborah Bernstein|year=1992|passage=the problem of sexual equality became even more secondary than before in the eyes of the kibbutz and of its women members.

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