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secondhand

[sek-uh nd-hand] /ˈsɛk əndˈhænd/
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 of secondhand
1645-1655
1645-55; second1 + hand
Related forms
secondhandedness, noun
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  • It will almost certainly be tinted, it may even be saturated, with the secondhand archaic.

    Anticipations Herbert George Wells
  • Our pledge was not merely to do a patchwork job with secondhand materials.

  • He never plagues you with "shop," or secondhand guide-book extracts, or sentiment about scenery and sunsets.

    The Recipe for Diamonds Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
  • However, at secondhand, the details very shortly reached him.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
  • This has been your area of study and the program is carefully planned so you can study it secondhand.

    The K-Factor Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
  • We have thus to take a secondhand version of Armanni's account.

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