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secondary accent

a stress accent weaker than primary accent but stronger than lack of stress.
Also called secondary stress.
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First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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secondary accent

(phonetics) (in a system of transcribing utterances recognizing three levels of stress) the accent on a syllable of a word or breath group that is weaker than the primary accent but stronger than the lack of stress: in the word ``agriculture'' the secondary accent falls on the third syllable Compare primary accent
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