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Definition of secondary adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1less important than something else That is just a secondary consideration. Experience is what matters—age is of secondary importance. secondary to something Raising animals was only secondary to other forms of farming.
  2. 2happening as a result of something else a secondary infection a secondary effect a secondary color (= made from mixing two primary colors)
  3. 3[only before noun] connected with teaching children of 11-18 years secondary teachers the secondary curriculum compare elementary, primary
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adverb Their clothing is primarily functional and only secondarily decorative.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: secondary