primary
pri·ma·ry 1 /'prī-ˌmer-ē, -mə-rē/ adj
1: of first rank, value, or importance
2: belonging to the first group or order in successive divisions, combinations, or ramifications
pri·mar·i·ly /prī-'mer-ə-lē/ adv
primary 2 n pl -ries
2: 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. . 1996.

primary
I adjective 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 II noun 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 III index 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. . 2006


primary
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. . 2008.

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