pri·ma·ry 1 /'prī-ˌmer-ē, -mə-rē/ adj1: of first rank, value, or importance2: belonging to the first group or order in successive divisions, combinations, or ramificationspri·mar·i·ly /prī-'mer-ə-lē/ advprimary 2 n pl -ries1: caucus2: an election in which qualified voters nominate or express a preference for a particular candidate or group of candidates for political office, choose party officials, or select delegates for a party convention
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
basal, basic, central, chief, constitutive, determining, dominant, earliest, elemental, elementary, essential, first, formative, fundamental, greatest, highest, important, inaugural, initial, key, leading, main, nascent, necessary, nonpareil, original, overriding, overruling, paramount, predominant, preeminent, prime, primus, principal, principalis, prominent, requisite, ruling, second to none, supereminent, supreme, topmost, transcendent, underlying, unsurpassed, uppermost, utmost, vital
associated concepts: primary boycott, primary evidence, primary insurance, primary jurisdiction, primary liability, primary picketing, primary purpose, primary right, primary surety, primary tort feasor
ballot, choice, contest, contestation, election, election contest, exclusive competition, exclusive contest, exclusive election, exclusive political competition, exclusive political contest, first competition, first contest, first election, first political competition, first political contest, inaugural competition, inaugural contest, inaugural election, inaugural political competition, inaugural political contest, nomination contest, nominative competition, nominative contest, nominative election, partisan competition, partisan contest, partisan election, party competition, party contest, party election, political competition, political contention, political election, political rivalry, poll, preference, selection, vote
associated concepts: primary evidence, primary responsibility
cardinal (basic), causative, central (essential), critical (crucial), dominant, elementary, essential (inherent), essential (required), fundamental, important (significant), inchoate, incipient, indispensable, initial, integral, leading (ranking first), master, material (important), organic, original (initial), paramount, preliminary, prime (original), primordial, principal, rudimentary, salient, simple, stellar, substantive, ultimate, underlying, vital
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
adj.First; principal; most important.n.A preliminary election to choose candidates for a subsequent major election.
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.