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Definition of secondary adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

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secondary

adjective
/ˈsɛkənˌdɛri/ secondary pronunciation American
 
1 less important than something elseThat is just a secondary consideration.Experience is what matters—age is of secondary importance. secondary to somethingRaising animals was only secondary to other forms of farming.2 happening as a result of something elsea secondary infectiona secondary effecta secondary color (= made from mixing two primary colors)3 [only before noun] connected with teaching children of 11-18 yearssecondary teachersthe secondary curriculum compare elementary, primary secondarily
/ˌsɛkənˈdɛrəli/ secondarily pronunciation American
adverbTheir clothing is primarily functional and only secondarily decorative.