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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 of secondary quality
1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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secondary qualities

plural noun
(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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