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Definition of second-class adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(disapproving) (of a person) less important than other people Older people should not be treated as second-class citizens.
  2. 2of a lower standard or quality than the best a second-class education
  3. 3connected with the system of sending newspapers and magazines by mail
  4. 4[only before noun] connected with the less expensive way of traveling on a train, ship, etc. second-class carriages/compartments/passengers
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adverb to send a magazine second class to travel second class
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