- involving or obtained by the replacement of two atoms or groups.
- noting or containing a carbon atom united to two other carbon atoms in a chain or ring molecule.
- (of a derivative) having a root or other unanalyzable element that is itself a word or free form: The word “glazier” is a secondary derivative formed by adding a suffix to “glaze.” The word "debatably" is formed directly from "debatable" and is therefore a secondary derivative from "debate."
- having reference to past time; noting or pertaining to a past tense: the Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit secondary tenses.Compare primary(def 13).
noun, plural sec·ond·ar·ies.
Origin of secondary
Synonyms for secondary
Related Words for secondaryunimportant, trivial, inferior, insignificant, supporting, lower, tributary, dinky, contingent, extra, dependent, collateral, alternate, auxiliary, accessory, second, petty, relief, small, subsidiary
Examples from the Web for secondary
Contemporary Examples of secondary
Over the past three years, Michigan has had an average price close to $200 on the secondary market.Is Any College Football Coach Worth $60 Million? Jim Harbaugh Is
December 20, 2014
He fooled around a lot, and was asked to leave his secondary school.The Brit Who Stormed Broadway
December 7, 2014
More importantly, Medicaid served as a secondary insurance to his primary insurance.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years
December 2, 2014
The realities with which we are engaged in our daily lives are secondary realities.Joseph Campbell on the Roots of Halloween
October 31, 2014
Jenkins had written entirely from secondary literature—no interviews or excavation of legal documents.How the ‘Witch Hunt’ Myth Undermined American Justice
July 12, 2014
Historical Examples of secondary
We know what she was, and it is of secondary importance where she went or what she did.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The world's opinion ought to be but a secondary consideration.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
What I am to my family, my country, myself, is all secondary.The Conquest of Fear
Whether it was just, or honorable, or kind, is a secondary consideration.The First Violin
It is especially the authorities of secondary schools who have raised opposition.The Sexual Question
- being the part of an electric circuit, such as a transformer or induction coil, in which a current is induced by a changing current in a neighbouring coila secondary coil
- (of a current) flowing in such a circuitCompare primary (def. 7)
- (of an organic compound) having a functional group attached to a carbon atom that is attached to one hydrogen atom and two other groups
- (of an amine) having only two organic groups attached to a nitrogen atom; containing the group NH
- (of a salt) derived from a tribasic acid by replacement of two acidic hydrogen atoms with metal atoms or electropositive groups
- derived from a word that is itself a derivation from another word. Thus, lovably comes from lovable and is a secondary derivative from love
- (of a tense in Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit) another word for historic (def. 3)
noun plural -aries
- the secondarycornerbacks and safeties collectively
- their area in the field
late 14c., from Latin secundarius "pertaining to the second class, inferior," from secundus (see second (adj.)). Of colors, from 1831; of education, from 1809. Of sex characteristics from 1780. Opposed to primary or principal. Related: Secondarily.
- Relating to or having a carbon atom that is attached to two other carbon atoms in a molecule.
- Relating to an organic molecule, such as an alcohol, in which the functional group is attached to a secondary carbon.