Meaning of SECONDARY in English
sec ‧ ond ‧ a ‧ ry S3 W2 /ˈsekənd ə ri $ -deri/ BrE AmE adjective
1 . secondary education/schooling/teaching etc the education, teaching etc of children between the ages of 11 and 16 or 18 ⇨ tertiary
2 . not as important as something else ⇨ primary :
the novel’s secondary characters
Writing was always secondary to spending time with my family.
be of secondary importance/be a secondary consideration
Cost is the important thing – any benefits for the user are a secondary consideration.
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▪ unimportant not important:
The exact details are unimportant.
Girls' education was seen as unimportant.
▪ of no/little importance not important, or not very important. These phrases sound a little more formal than unimportant :
If you're capable of doing the job, your age is of no importance.
It's of little importance whether or not this story is true.
▪ minor small and not very likely to have an important effect - used especially about changes, problems, injuries, damage, or differences:
I've made a few minor changes.
The driver suffered minor injuries.
These are just minor problems.
▪ trivial very unimportant and not worth worrying about or spending time on:
They had a disagreement about some trivial matter.
She tends to get upset about trivial things.
▪ insignificant very small and unimportant, especially when compared to other things:
Her own problems seemed insignficant.
The amount of carbon they produce is relatively insignificant.
▪ negligible extremely small and not important - used especially about effects, amounts, differences, or risks:
So far, the program has had a negligible effect.
The difference in price is negligible.
▪ secondary not as important as something else:
These issues are of secondary importance.
For many women, a career is secondary to being mother.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012