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primary quality

noun, Epistemology.
any of the qualities inherent in an object, namely quantity, extent, figure, solidity, and motion or rest.
Origin of primary quality
First recorded in 1650-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In other words, the marble has the primary quality of matter, extension.

  • It is a primary quality of the nervous system, present or absent to the degree determined by each individual's original nature.

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