primary industry

  1. an industry, as agriculture, forestry, or fishing, that deals in obtaining natural materials.

Origin of primary industry

First recorded in 1945–50

Words Nearby primary industry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use primary industry in a sentence

  • I was told that here as elsewhere there was an unsound tendency to turn sericulture from a secondary into a primary industry.

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