secondary - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    relating to the education of children between the ages of 11 and 16 or 18

    primary and secondary education

    secondary teachers/pupils

  2. 2
    less important than something else

    His feelings in the matter are of secondary importance.

    He only played a secondary role.

    secondary to:

    The colour of the car is secondary to its quality and price.

  3. 3
    happening after something else, or as a result of it

    a secondary infection

    See also primary

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