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tertiary (adj) third in place, degree or order.

Tertiary stage is the third stage, coming after the primary and secondary stages. Tertiary education is college or university education, coming after primary and secondary education. The tertiary sector is the services sector providing services rather than materials and goods.

  • In the United States, tertiary education is expensive. University and college education costs a lot whereas the primary and secondary education in state run schools is free. People sending their children to university are considered rich.
  • In the tertiary order in a company come the managers and the executives. They are officers of the rank higher than the lower two ranks.
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