Definition of primary quality
: a quality (as bulk) that is inseparable from a physical object and is in it as in our perception of it these I call original or primary qualities of body, which I think we may observe to produce simple ideas in us, viz. solidity, extension, figure, motion or rest, and number— John Locke —contrasted with secondary quality
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