secondary

Something secondary is second most important. This can also refer to things that are not important at all.

If you have a primary duty, that's what you need to do first. Secondary duties must be done next, since second is a form of the number two. You could say your secondary goal at a job is to get experience, if your main goal is to make money. Also, people will sometimes say, "This is our goal. Everything else is secondary." That means other concerns are trivial or unimportant. Either way, secondary things never come first.

Definitions of secondary
  1. adjective
    being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate
    “the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher”
    “a secondary source”
    “a secondary issue”
    secondary streams”
    Synonyms:
    inessential, unessential
    not basic or fundamental
    unoriginal
    not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual
    alternate, alternative, substitute
    serving or used in place of another
    auxiliary, subsidiary, supplemental, supplementary
    functioning in a supporting capacity
    collateral
    accompany, concomitant
    indirect
    not as a direct effect or consequence
    secondhand
    derived from what is primary or original; not firsthand
    second-string
    being a replacement or substitute for a regular member of a team
    standby
    ready for emergency use
    thirdhand
    derived from what is primary or original by two intermediate steps
    tributary
    (of a stream) flowing into a larger stream
    substitute, utility
    capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team
    vicarious
    experienced at secondhand
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    Antonyms:
    primary
    of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary
    essential
    basic and fundamental
    first
    preceding all others in time or space or degree
    original
    being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of
    capital
    of primary importance
    direct
    being an immediate result or consequence
    firsthand
    received directly from a source
    first-string
    being a regular member of a team
    original
    (of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary
    particular, special
    first and most important
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  2. adjective
    belonging to a lower class or rank
    Synonyms:
    low-level, subordinate
    lower in rank or importance
  3. adjective
    inferior in rank or status
    synonyms: junior-grade, lower-ranking, lowly, petty, subaltern
    junior
    younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service
  4. adjective
    not of major importance
    “played a secondary role in world events”
    Synonyms:
    minor
    of lesser importance or stature or rank
  5. adjective
    depending on or incidental to what is original or primary
    “a secondary infection”
    Synonyms:
    incident, incidental
    (sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence
  6. noun
    coil such that current is induced in it by passing a current through the primary coil
    synonyms: secondary coil, secondary winding
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    type of:
    coil
    reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit
  7. noun
    the defensive football players who line up behind the linemen
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    type of:
    formation
    an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit
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