secondary quality


noun Epistemology.

one of the qualities attributed by the mind to an object perceived, such as color, temperature, or taste.

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Origin of secondary quality

First recorded in 1690–1700
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British Dictionary definitions for secondary qualities

secondary qualities

pl n

(in empiricist philosophy) those properties of objects that are explained in terms of the primary properties of their parts, such as heat in terms of the motion of molecules
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