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PRIMARILY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does primarily mean? 

PRIMARILY (adverb)
  The adverb PRIMARILY has 2 senses:

1. for the most part
2. of primary import

  Familiarity information: PRIMARILY used as an adverb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRIMARILY (adverb)


Sense 1primarily [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

For the most part

Synonyms:

chiefly; in the main; mainly; primarily; principally

Context example:

he is mainly interested in butterflies

Pertainym:

primary (of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondhand)


Sense 2primarily [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of primary import

Synonyms:

in the first place; primarily

Context examples:

this is primarily a question of economics / it was in the first place a local matter

Antonym:

secondarily (of secondary import)

Pertainym:

primary (of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondhand)


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