Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Thesaurus

secondary

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of secondary

  1. 1 taken or created from something original or basic <history textbooks are secondary sources for historical information and do not represent original research> Synonyms derivative, secondhand Related Words unoriginal; consequent, resultant Near Antonyms fundamental, nonderivative; first, primary Antonyms basic, original

  2. 2 of little or less value or merit <we need to focus on getting the groceries bought and the rent paid—everything else is secondary> Synonyms mean, minor, inferior, second-class, second-rateRelated Words junior, lesser, lower, low-level, petty, smaller, subordinate, under; average, common, fair, middling, ordinary; amiss, bad, defective, unsatisfactory, wrong; deficient, inadequate, insufficient, unacceptable; littler, slighter, smaller; jerkwater, low-rent, one-horse, small-time, two-bitNear Antonyms major, more, primary, senior; choice, exceptional, first-class, first-rate, high-grade, premium, prime, select, selected; acceptable, adequate, sufficientAntonyms greater, higher, superior




Learn More about secondary


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up secondary? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a jerking and twitching of the body

Get Word of the Day daily email!