Antonyms for primary

Antonyms for (adj) primary

Main entry: primary

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

Usage: primary goals; a primary effect; primary sources; a primary interest

Antonyms: secondary

Definition: being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate

Antonyms: unoriginal

Definition: not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual

Antonyms: general

Definition: a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular)

Antonyms: universal, universal proposition

Definition: (logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class

Antonyms: indirect

Definition: not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination

Antonyms: alternating

Definition: (of a current) reversing direction

Antonyms: indirect

Definition: extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action

Antonyms: inverse

Definition: opposite in nature or effect or relation to another quantity

Antonyms: retrograde

Definition: moving from east to west on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in a direction opposite to that of the Earth

Main entry: elemental, elementary, primary

Definition: of or being the essential or basic part

Usage: an elementary need for love and nurturing

Antonyms: incident, incidental

Definition: (sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence

Main entry: basal, primary

Definition: of primary importance

Antonyms: inessential, nonessential

Definition: anything that is not essential

Antonyms: unessential, inessential

Definition: not basic or fundamental

Main entry: main, master, chief, primary, principal

Definition: most important element

Usage: 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: unimportant

Definition: not important

Main entry: primary

Definition: not derived from or reducible to something else; basic

Usage: a primary instinct

Antonyms: derived

Definition: formed or developed from something else; not original

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