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Adjective: secondhand  ,se-kun'hand
  1. Derived from what is primary or original; not firsthand
    "a secondhand report"; "a secondhand account of a memory of something once read"; "most of our knowledge is secondhand"
  2. Previously used or owned by another
    "bought a secondhand car";
    - used, pre-owned [N. Amer]
Adverb: secondhand  ,se-kun'hand
  1. By indirect means
    "I heard about it only secondhand or thirdhand"; "he prefers to buy secondhand"
Noun: second hand  se-kund hand
  1. An intermediate person; used in the phrase 'at second hand'
    "he could learn at second hand from books"
  2. Hand marking seconds on a timepiece
    - seconds hand
Adverb: second hand  se-kund hand
  1. From a source of previously owned goods
    "I prefer to buy second hand"

Derived forms: seconds hand, second hands

See also: old, secondary

Type of: go-between, hand, intercessor, intermediary, intermediate, intermediator, mediator

Encyclopedia: Secondhand

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