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[sek-uh nd-hand] /ˈsɛk əndˈhænd/
not directly known or experienced; obtained from others or from books:
Most of our knowledge is secondhand.
previously used or owned:
secondhand clothes.
dealing in previously used goods:
a secondhand bookseller.
after another user or owner:
He bought it secondhand.
indirectly; at second hand:
He heard the news secondhand.
Origin of secondhand
1645-55; second1 + hand
Related forms
secondhandedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Our pledge was not merely to do a patchwork job with secondhand materials.
  • The room is a riot of plywood shelving and secondhand cabinets.
  • There is also a huge vested interest in sustaining new car prices because of the effect they have on secondhand values.
  • These factors reflect people's objective knowledge of places and also their secondhand impressions.
  • In the world's hiking epicenters, you'll likely find excellent secondhand equipment markets, with incredible prices.
  • secondhand furniture that's seen better days can be instantly revived with a coat of bright paint.
  • If you are promoting clothing reuse, look into the reasons people may object to buying products secondhand.
  • In the absence of facts, a body of legend has grown, punctuated by secondhand and thirdhand accounts of varying accuracy.
  • Nowadays, the café's literary patrons have only secondhand smoke to fear.
  • Now long defunct as a commercial proposition, the series is catnip for collectors in secondhand bookshops all over the planet.

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