second handedness

secondhand

[sek-uhnd-hand]
adjective
1.
not directly known or experienced; obtained from others or from books: Most of our knowledge is secondhand.
2.
previously used or owned: secondhand clothes.
3.
dealing in previously used goods: a secondhand bookseller.
adverb
4.
after another user or owner: He bought it secondhand.
5.
indirectly; at second hand: He heard the news secondhand.

Origin:
1645–55; second1 + hand

secondhandedness, noun
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secondhand

adjective
1. derived from what is primary or original; not firsthand; "a secondhand report"; "a secondhand account of a memory of something once read"; "most of our knowledge is secondhand" 
2. previously used or owned by another; "bought a secondhand (or used) car" 

adverb
1. by indirect means; "I heard about it only secondhand or thirdhand"; "he prefers to buy secondhand" 
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