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Definition of secondary:

  1. A satellite.
  2. A secondary circle.
  3. A secondary quill.
  4. Acting by deputation or delegated authority; as, the work of secondary hands.
  5. 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.
  6. One who occupies a subordinate, inferior, or auxiliary place; a delegate deputy; one who is second or next to the chief officer; as, the secondary, or undersheriff of the city of London.
  7. Pertaining to the second joint of the wing of a bird.
  8. 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.
  9. Subsequent in origin; - said of minerals produced by alteertion 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.
  10. Suceeding next in order to the first; of second place, origin, rank, rank, etc.; not primary; subordinate; not of the first order or rate.

Synonyms:

secondary coil, secondhand, since, in descending order, lowly, standby, subsequent, incident, related, educational, inferior, unimportant, supplementary, following, derivational, lower-ranking, involved, low-level, in the course of time, small, succeeding, minor-league, formal, utility, lesser, ensuing, ancillary, minor, incidental, subsequently, junior, allied, academic, smalltime, mean, secondary winding, indirect, supplemental, vicarious, inseparable, backup, tributary, synonymous, interrelated, alternative, consequent, junior-grade, derived, connected, proximate, underling, kin, alternate, lower, under, dependent, in time, intimate, collateral, graduate, interdependent, subsidiary, after, primary, second-rate, subordinate, derivative, low, elementary, developed, applied, thirdhand, second-string, second-class, over, petty, inconsiderable, emergency, didactic, reserve, corresponding, auxiliary, increase, diachronic, small, trivial, subaltern, advanced, beyond, substitute, original, curricular.

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