Essential and Secondary


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Essential adjective – Basic and fundamental.
Usage example: the essential feature

Secondary is an antonym for essential in topics: fundamental, important, basic.
Nearby Words: essence, essentially, essentiality
Antonyms for Essential


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Secondary adjective – Being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate.
Usage example: secondary streams

Essential is an antonym for secondary.
Nearby Words: second, secondarily
Antonyms for Secondary
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Things that words describes

ability essential ability secondary ability
character essential character secondary character
role essential role secondary role
part essential part secondary part
Other nouns: function, plot, story, theme, element, resource, source, skills, characteristics, functions.

Both words in one sentence

  • Secondary factories build mostly non-essential goods, though some Tech factories need them.
  • In the Season 2 finale of Star Trek: Voyager, Voyager faces repeated, seemingly inconsequential attacks from the Kazon that, despite the fact that they're being led by former crewmate Seska, only damage the non-essential "secondary command processors".
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