primary synonyms

Here's a list of possible synonyms and antonyms for the term primary:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. primary, primary electionnoun

    a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen

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

    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

  2. primary, primary feather, primary quillnoun

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

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

    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)

  3. primarynoun

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

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

    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

  4. primary coil, primary winding, primaryadjective

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

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

    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

  5. primaryadjective

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

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

    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

  6. primaryadjective

    not derived from or reducible to something else; basic

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

    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

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

    most important element

    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, primaryadjective

    of or being the essential or basic part

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

    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

  9. basal, primaryadjective

    of primary importance

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

    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

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.

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. primaryadjective

    Synonyms:
    primitive, aboriginal, original, primordial, primeval, pristine, first

  2. primaryadjective

    Synonyms:
    chief, principal, leading

  3. primaryadjective

    Synonyms:
    elementary, lowest

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

elementary, main, principal, major, first, primaire, basic, key, initial, paramount, overriding, parent, preliminary, primaria, junior, senior, prime, fundamental, grassroots, primary-school, grass-roots, front-line, primordial, core, chief, primaires, leading, essential, overarching, trial, resource-based, input, pre-secondary, principale, primaries

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. primary

    Synonyms:
    Primary cancer



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