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If a first-tier item is called primary, and a second-tier item is called secondary, what can third, and greater, -tier items be called?

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Voting to close as general reference, this is the first Google result for "primary secondary numbering" oxforddictionaries.com/page/aftertertiary –  JoseK Sep 8 '11 at 9:12
I honestly didn't think to search for that. I was looking for variations on the number 3 and thought it would be useful to know if there was an actual sequence I wasn't aware of. –  Soviut Sep 8 '11 at 9:17
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closed as general reference by JoseK, Alenanno, Jasper, Mehper C. Palavuzlar, Mitch Sep 8 '11 at 12:18

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The third would be called "tertiary". The Oxford Online Dictionary provides the rest:

The sequence continues with quaternary, quinary, senary, septenary, octonary, nonary, and denary

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Excellent, I actually thought of that but believed it to be all-encompassing; Essentially anything that wasn't primary. I'm glad to learn that this isn't the case. –  Soviut Sep 8 '11 at 9:16
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