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PRIMARY. That which is first or principal; as primary evidence, or that evidence which is to be admitted in the first instance, as distinguished from secondary evidence, which is allowed only when primary evidence cannot be had.
     2. A primary obligation is one which is the principal object of the contract; for example, the primary obligation of the seller is to deliver the thing sold, and to transfer the title to it. It is distinguished from the accessory or secondary obligation to pay damages for not doing so. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 702.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The designer metaphor is interesting and could be useful, considering the tension that Sue exhibits between primary and secondary control.
The "extraordinary" new findings add to preliminary indications that the primary motor cortex not only issues motor commands but "also participates in the analysis of sensory information coming from the muscles," say Victor de Lafuente and Ranulfo Romo, both of the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City, in a commentary published in the journal.
The longer lead allows the auxiliary channel to be included, while the width of the solids bed in the primary channel remains unchanged.
Distress and disenchantment between primary care physicians and hospitalists in how the inpatient service should be operated were found, as well.
The percentage of participants ages 71 or older was 8% for the primary caregiver group and 5% for the non-primary group.
The first statement said: 'We wish to make the following clarifications on NEC's resolutions: Primary elections into all elective offices shall be by the direct and indirect election or by consensus.
The Birmingham school that has the most to gain from the proposals is The Deanery Church of England Primary School in Sutton Coldfield.
And only 11 per cent of primary schools in London and 6 per cent of secondaries were allocated funds below the proposed minimum for 2019/20.
Dingle Primary School will get a PS225,000 replacement heating system and the curtain wall will be replaced at Howley Grange Primary, costing PS160,000.
SUNDERLAND CITY COUNCIL Closed: Barnes Junior; Broadway Junior; Burnside Primary; Fulwell Junior; Gillas Lane Primary; Hetton Lyons Primary; Hetton; Hudson Road Primary; St Anne's RC VA Primary; St Benet's RC VA Primary; St Paul's C of E Primary; Sunningdale; Thornhill Business & Enterprise College; Washington.
Northern Governorate: Al Sehla Primary School, Karranah Primary Girls School, Jaber Ben Hayan Primary Boys School, Budaiya Primary Intermediate Girls School, Saar Secondary School Girls School, Hamad Town Primary Girls School, Imam Ghazali intermediate Boys School, Alahd Alzaher Secondary Girls School and Balqees Primary Girls School.
"We are hoping that the new Standard Four classroom will have been built by next January so that we do not have to conduct classes under the sun," says Gladys, who has taught at Kisamis Primary School for six years.