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Synonyms for primary
ˈpraɪ mɛr i, -mə ripri·ma·ry

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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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. primary

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

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

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

    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

    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

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

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

    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

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

    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

    "a primary instinct"

    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

    "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, primaryadjective

    of or being the essential or basic part

    "an elementary need for love and nurturing"

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

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

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. primary

    Synonyms:
    Primary cancer

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How to use primary in a sentence?

  1. India Walton:

    I won the Democratic primary. I won because I worked hard. I won because people are ready for change. I won because Democrats turned out and voted for me, but we have corporate Democrats who are so desperate to cling to what little power they have left and stave off the progressive wing of our party.

  2. Edward Machtinger:

    Complex trauma is what led many of my patients to get HIV in first place and gets them to remain depressed, stay addicted and have trouble adhering to their meds, medicine and HIV primary care has not considered these health issues to be in their domain and their responsibility. I've heard many clinicians brag about having patients on crack be undetectable in their viral load, as if HIV was going to kill them in the first place. It's not. Crack is going to kill them.

  3. Maria Cantwell:

    A primary goal of this legislation is to make sure the FAA remains in the driver's seat when it comes to certification.

  4. Romney McDaniel:

    I went to The President very first rally in March, I think, right after The President'd announced The President candidacy, and there were 3,000 people there. I've never seen that for a candidate during a primary. And obviously, my uncle ran for president.

  5. Uhm Jae-sik:

    Regardless of the government's energy policy change, our primary goal is ensuring the safety of nuclear power.


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