primary quality

noun

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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“Primary quality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primary%20quality. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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