secondary qualities

secondary quality

noun Epistemology.
one of the qualities attributed by the mind to an object perceived, such as color, temperature, or taste.
Compare primary quality.


Origin:
1690–1700

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secondary qualities
 
pl n
(in empiricist philosophy) those properties of objects that are explained in terms of the primary properties of their parts, such as heat in terms of the motion of molecules

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