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Definition of "second-order" [second-order]

  • ,(logic) describing the second in a numerical sequence of models, languages, relationships, forms of logical discourse etc (adjective) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "second-order" in a sentence
  • "No doubt there are second-order effects of job creation as well, but wage data obviously tells us nothing at all about either their magnitude or their sign."
  • "Calls for greater accountability on the part of US forces, intelligence actors, and their Afghan counterparts, have often been treated as a second-order priority by military and civilian officials."
  • "But for Premier Wen Jiabao and the decision makers on the State Council, that is a second-order concern."