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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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Requiring at least 2 encounters within 2 years for our primary case definition resulted in estimated incidence rates that were less than 3 cases per 100,000 person-years.
National Institute of Health's open-access, annotated collection of all publicly available nucleotide sequences, measles virus B3 genotype with the identical 450nt N gene sequence was detected in Hungary (MG323532.1), Germany (MF593154.1), Belgium (MF490426.1), and Italy (KY801730.1) during the same period, strengthening the evidence that the primary case was acquired while traveling in Europe.
Data were collected on 250 persons (55 primary cases, 5 secondary cases, and 190 control subjects).
Overall, primary cases exceeded the old and secondary cases.
Jordan-Kauble was a primary case of human abduction by aliens of the late Budd Hopkins.
Gregory Mitchell QC, for Erlson - which is claiming substantial damages as well as the right to rescind the share purchase - said it was his primary case that Hampson Industries "made representations as to HPA's relationship with customers and forecast sales which it knew to be false".
Here he makes his primary case against the government, that in its determination to replace liberal British traditions with European-style social democracy, the freedom of the individual within the 'nanny' state, it has unleashed a nightmare scenario whereby all sorts of shady characters can sue public bodies on grounds of their 'rights' at the taxpayers' expense.
The book's primary case study is the periodic table.
Hukkinen's primary case study describes the bitter dispute between three Saami herding brothers fighting with a government lumbering enterprise supported by the fourth Saami brother, a lumberjack.
The 'inducible' nature of DP is exemplified by a report of how yak-wool sweaters, souvenirs from Nepal, triggered DP successively in family members, including relatives living apart from the primary case. (5) Shared delusions occur in 5-15% of cases of DP; case 3 influenced her sister and work colleagues in this way.
of Oregon School of Law) present primary case law and other legal materials from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas that interpret treaties, constitutions, and human rights legislation in terms of environmental imperatives.