primary quality

  1. 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

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

How to use primary quality in a sentence

  • In other words, the marble has the primary quality of matter, extension.

  • We leave it to you intact and actual—not deducting even a single primary quality.

  • 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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