What does "second-hand " mean in this sentence ?

The information was second-hand, simply a stark outline of “massed possibilities” without documentation. It fitted no particular plan under consideration, least of all the final directive for BARBAROSSA of December 18, 1940, with its concentration in the center toward Moscow.

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  • RP
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    In this sense, second hand means it was provided by someone who either had first hand (direct) knowledge or who got the information from a person with first hand knowledge.

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  • 1 month ago

    Second Hand: This means Not from the Source.

    Someone else "heard" it.

    In justice it would be "Hearsay".

    The veracity of the statement should be subjective, not knowing if it is truthful, or repeated correctly.

    To be wary if the information is to be used.

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