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secondary quality

noun, Epistemology.
one of the qualities attributed by the mind to an object perceived, such as color, temperature, or taste.
Compare primary quality.
Origin of secondary quality
First recorded in 1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Likeness is quite a secondary quality," said Aurelle condescendingly.

    General Bramble Andr Maurois
  • It is in fact almost entirely in this secondary quality that their interest lies; their ostensible subject-matter is unimportant.

    Books and Characters Lytton Strachey

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