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Antonyms for primary
ˈpraɪ mɛr i, -mə ri

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. primary, primary election(noun)

    a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen

    Antonyms:
    supplemental, standby, secondhand, alternative, subsidiary, thirdhand, unimportant, derived, supplementary, substitute(a), vicarious, utility(a), secondary, substitute, unessential, alternate, tributary, incident, inessential, auxiliary, collateral, incidental, second-string, indirect

    Synonyms:
    primary coil, primary feather, primary quill, primary election, primary winding

  2. primary, primary feather, primary quill(noun)

    one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing

    Antonyms:
    auxiliary, unessential, secondhand, secondary, vicarious, standby, substitute(a), collateral, alternative, substitute, tributary, alternate, unimportant, incidental, second-string, inessential, supplementary, thirdhand, derived, supplemental, incident, indirect, subsidiary, utility(a)

    Synonyms:
    primary coil, primary feather, primary quill, primary election, primary winding

  3. primary(noun)

    (astronomy) a celestial body (especially a star) relative to other objects in orbit around it

    Antonyms:
    utility(a), vicarious, alternate, incidental, substitute, secondhand, unimportant, substitute(a), alternative, incident, subsidiary, secondary, second-string, tributary, supplemental, thirdhand, indirect, auxiliary, derived, inessential, supplementary, unessential, standby, collateral

    Synonyms:
    primary coil, primary feather, primary quill, primary election, primary winding

  4. primary coil, primary winding, primary(adj)

    coil forming the part of an electrical circuit such that changing current in it induces a current in a neighboring circuit

    "current through the primary coil induces current in the secondary coil"

    Antonyms:
    auxiliary, unessential, subsidiary, tributary, vicarious, second-string, indirect, incidental, utility(a), collateral, secondary, secondhand, alternative, substitute(a), supplementary, alternate, derived, supplemental, incident, thirdhand, standby, substitute, inessential, unimportant

    Synonyms:
    primary coil, primary feather, primary quill, primary election, primary winding

  5. primary(adj)

    of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary

    "primary goals"; "a primary effect"; "primary sources"; "a primary interest"

    Antonyms:
    secondhand, supplementary, standby, utility(a), tributary, substitute, alternate, incidental, collateral, auxiliary, alternative, vicarious, supplemental, indirect, second-string, thirdhand, subsidiary, substitute(a), secondary, unessential, derived, unimportant, inessential, incident

    Synonyms:
    main(a), chief(a), basal, master(a), principal(a), elemental, elementary, primary(a)

  6. primary(adj)

    not derived from or reducible to something else; basic

    "a primary instinct"

    Antonyms:
    secondary, unessential, vicarious, incident, supplemental, secondhand, collateral, substitute, second-string, alternative, auxiliary, thirdhand, standby, alternate, inessential, subsidiary, unimportant, tributary, incidental, substitute(a), utility(a), supplementary, derived, indirect

    Synonyms:
    main(a), chief(a), basal, master(a), principal(a), elemental, elementary, primary(a)

  7. chief(a), main(a), primary(a), principal(a), master(a)(adj)

    most important element

    "the chief aim of living"; "the main doors were of solid glass"; "the principal rivers of America"; "the principal example"; "policemen were primary targets"; "the master bedroom"; "a master switch"

    Antonyms:
    incidental, vicarious, tributary, standby, alternative, incident, subsidiary, supplemental, indirect, supplementary, collateral, utility(a), substitute(a), derived, inessential, alternate, secondhand, second-string, auxiliary, unessential, thirdhand, substitute, unimportant, secondary

  8. elementary, elemental, primary(adj)

    of or being the essential or basic part

    "an elementary need for love and nurturing"

    Antonyms:
    alternate, thirdhand, secondary, secondhand, tributary, standby, utility(a), supplemental, collateral, indirect, inessential, unessential, incident, substitute(a), alternative, substitute, derived, second-string, incidental, subsidiary, auxiliary, unimportant, vicarious, supplementary

    Synonyms:
    main(a), chief(a), simple, master(a), elementary, unproblematic, principal(a), elemental, primary(a), basal, uncomplicated

  9. basal, primary(adj)

    of primary importance

    Antonyms:
    tributary, indirect, derived, subsidiary, incident, substitute, supplementary, secondary, vicarious, auxiliary, second-string, unessential, unimportant, secondhand, supplemental, incidental, substitute(a), utility(a), alternate, standby, alternative, collateral, inessential, thirdhand

    Synonyms:
    main(a), chief(a), base, elementary, master(a), principal(a), elemental, radical, primary(a), basal

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. primary

    Aboriginal (Latin ab, from, origo, origin) signifies pertaining to the aborigines or earliest known inhabitants of a country in the widest sense, including not merely human beings but inferior animals and plants as well. Autochthonic (Greek autos, self, and chthōn, earth) signifies sprung from the earth, especially from the soil of one's native land. Primeval (Latin primum, first, and ævum, age), signifies strictly belonging to the first ages, earliest in time, but often only the earliest of which man knows or conceives, immemorial. Aboriginal, autochthonic, and primeval combine the meanings of ancient and original; aboriginal inhabitants, autochthonic races, primeval forests. Prime and primary may signify either first in time, or more frequently first in importance; primary has also the sense of elementary or preparatory; we speak of a prime minister, a primary school. Primal is chiefly poetic, in the sense of prime; as, the primal curse. Primordial is first in an order of succession or development; as, a primordial leaf. Primitive frequently signifies having the original characteristics of that which it represents, as well as standing first in time; as, the primitive church. Primitive also very frequently signifies having the original or early characteristics without remoteness in time. Primeval simplicity is the simplicity of the earliest ages; primitive simplicity may be found in retired villages now. Pristine is an elegant word, used almost exclusively in a good sense of that which is original and perhaps ancient; as, pristine purity, innocence, vigor. That which is both an original and natural product of a soil or country is said to be indigenous; that which is actually produced there is said to be native, though it may be of foreign extraction; humming-birds are indigenous to America; canaries may be native, but are not indigenous. Immemorial refers solely to time, independently of quality, denoting, in legal phrase, "that whereof the memory of man runneth not to the contrary;" as, an immemorial custom; an immemorial abuse. Compare OLD.

    Compare synonyms for NEW.

    Antonyms:
    adventitious, exotic, foreign, fresh, late, modern, new, novel, recent

    Synonyms:
    aboriginal, ancient, autochthonic, immemorial, indigenous, native, old, original, patriarchal, primal, prime, primeval, primitive, primordial, pristine, uncreated

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. primary

    Antonyms:
    secondary, subordinate, posterior, unimportant, inferior, subsequent, later

    Synonyms:
    first, original, earliest, elementary, chief, principal, important, leading, primitive, pristine

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. primary

    Synonyms:
    Primary cancer

How to use primary in a sentence?

  1. Brian Brokaw:

    He is opening up field offices in California like I have never seen in a primary, all the ingredients are in place but whether that can actually be baked into something real is unknown.

  2. William Dudley:

    Even if one were to interpret the evidence as indicating that liquidity has been reduced, it is not clear whether regulation is the primary driver, as other changes have played important roles as well.

  3. Joe Biden:

    I was responding to a comment Elizabeth Warren made, elizabeth Warren said that anyone who disagreed with Elizabeth Warren and took Elizabeth Warren on, on Elizabeth Warren issue of Medicare for All, somehow either was a coward, wasn't willing to stand up and state what they thought. Somehow doing something -- I think the phrase was should be in a Republican primary. When we talk about Medicare for All, people talk about taking two years, five years, 10 years to get it done. That doesn't give any real reassurance to people out there.

  4. Wang Junjin:

    Some sectors in the economy are slowing but there are still quite a few bright spots, only one out of three people in China gets to fly once every year nowadays. Even a primary school student can figure out the growth potential of the Chinese market.

  5. Matt Gompper:

    Rabbits, wherever they're found, tend to have a relatively robust impact on their environment because they're primary herbirvores, whether the impact of the virus is such that we'll see those very dramatic ecological changes as a result is still an unknown.

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