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pri·ma·ry and sec·onda·ry

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  1. Primary and secondary

    Primary and secondary are words used by some polyamorists to distinguish between different degrees of relationship and to describe participants in those relationships. These terms indicate degrees of entanglement and involvement: 'primary' generally indicates a closer degree of involvement than 'secondary', and 'secondary' closer than 'tertiary'. Usage varies between describing a type or "class" of relationship, or a 1-2-3 ranking of importance. The type of entanglement/involvement described varies according to the speaker. The terms generally refer to one or more of the following: Emotional involvement: the intensity or depth of participants' feelings for one another. Logistic involvement: living and financial arrangements, shared child-rearing, etc. Ground rules within relationships: participants might agree that the maintenance of a particular relationship takes priority over others, making that relationship 'primary'.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of primary and secondary in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of primary and secondary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of primary and secondary in a Sentence

  1. Ibrahim Dosara:

    We have closed primary and secondary schools in the state.

  2. Steven Nissen:

    The drug worked in primary and secondary prevention patients – that is, patients that had had event and patients who were very high risk for a first event. There were a lot of diabetics. These were very high risk people, so the drug met its expectations and probably did a lot better than a lot of people thought it would do.

  3. Kumar Mangalam Birla:

    There are two roadblocks in the way of transforming India into an economic giant and one of them was education. I believe that if education is privatised at primary and secondary level, lot of our problems will be answered to,

  4. Howard Weintraub:

    Both groups primary and secondary prevention got benefit, which I think is impressive with the modest amount of LDL reduction.


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