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1. Second or lower in rank or importance; not primary: concerns that are secondary.
a. Following what is first in time or sequence: secondary fermentation.
b. Of or relating to secondary schools.
a. Derived from what is primary or original: literary criticism viewed as secondary to literature itself.
b. Not immediate or direct: a secondary source of information.
4. Of, relating to, or being the shorter flight feathers projecting along the inner edge of a bird's wing.
5. Electricity Having an induced current that is generated by an inductively coupled primary. Used of a circuit or coil.
6. Chemistry
a. Relating to, or having a carbon atom that is attached to two other carbon atoms in a molecule.
b. Relating to the replacement of two of several atoms or groups in a compound, such as an amine in which two valences of the functional group are taken by carbon atoms.
7. Geology Produced from another mineral by decay or alteration.
8. Of or relating to a secondary color or colors.
9. Being a degree of health care intermediate between primary care and tertiary care, as that typically offered at a community hospital.
10. Botany Of, relating to, or derived from a lateral meristem, especially a cambium.
n. pl. sec·ond·ar·ies
1. One that acts in an auxiliary, subordinate, or inferior capacity.
2. One of the shorter flight feathers projecting along the inner edge of a bird's wing.
3. Electricity A coil or circuit having an induced current.
a. Astronomy A celestial body that orbits another; a satellite.
b. The dimmer star of a binary star.
5. A secondary color.
6. Football The defensive backfield.

sec′ond·ar′i·ly (-dâr′ə-lē) adv.
sec′ond·ar′i·ness n.
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But this secondariness of translation is paradoxical because the whole paradox is reduced to the fact that, by its cultural-informational essence any integral transposition of the literary original is primary, having no analogy in the initial language, in spite of the fact that there are some other translations of the same original text.
The history of the art of other cultures has always been seen through Western consciousnesses, with painting and sculpture as the Fine Arts, and other forms of art described as craft, folk, decoration, or with some other phrase to denote "otherness" and secondariness, lower in the rank of art's hierarchies.
In this sense, the 'secondariness' of the novel (and of the Second Sophistic) is also its virtue.
Hart sometimes sounds antidogmatic, but it is more a question of the secondariness of dogma relative to the foundational role of what Jesus does when he teaches us.
On the one hand, language gives man power, and even signals his "primacy"; on the other hand, language can transcend him, subordinate him, and reveal the frailty of his dependency--signaling only the "secondariness" of the one it would seem to exalt.
"The Secondariness of Virgilian Epic and its Unprecedented Originality." College Literature 40.1:11-31.
However, here, where the "trans-" is reborn according to Epstein (2011), any work becomes "aware of its own failures, insubstantiality, and secondariness".
The Tel Aviv critics bind their own hands by asserting the "secondariness" of translation: if translation is always a secondary, socially-determined function, then no translation can be better than any other.
Wakefield's ostensibly self-subversive slippage into blandness, secondariness and silence.
Glendinning develops this point, outlining Derrida's reconceptualisation of writing traditionally condemned to a 'fallen secondariness' (48)--as that which renders language and meaning possible.
The uncanniness of beings The uniqueness of beings The irony of relationships between beings The ironic secondariness of the intermeshing between beings The art that explores the hyperobject appears spontaneously within contemporary art, because of nonhumans.
Here I think the questions are more illuminating than the possible answers, because the uncertainty of the crowns' position opens up the multiplicity of their "secondariness."