primary quality

noun
: a quality (as bulk) that is inseparable from a physical object and is in it as in our perception of it

these I call original or primary qualities of body, which I think we may observe to produce simple ideas in us, viz. solidity, extension, figure, motion or rest, and number — John Locke

— contrasted with secondary quality

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Epistemology.
any of the qualities inherent in an object, namely quantity, extent, figure, solidity, and motion or rest. Cf. secondary quality.
[1650-60]

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