Definition of Precedence

1. Noun. Status established in order of importance or urgency. "National independence takes priority over class struggle"

Exact synonyms: Precedency, Priority
Generic synonyms: High Status
Specialized synonyms: Back Burner, Front Burner
Derivative terms: Precedential, Prioritize



2. Noun. Preceding in time.

3. Noun. The act of preceding in time or order or rank (as in a ceremony).
Exact synonyms: Precedency, Precession
Generic synonyms: Activity
Derivative terms: Precede, Precedent, Precede, Precedent, Precede, Precede, Precede

Definition of Precedence

1. n. The act or state of preceding or going before in order of time; priority; as, one event has precedence of another.

Definition of Precedence

1. Noun. The state of preceding in importance or priority. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Precedence

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Precedence

precautional
precautionarily
precautionary
precautioned
precautioning
precautions
precautious
precautiously
precautiousness
precava
precavae
precaval
precedaneous
precede
preceded
precedence (current term)
precedences
precedencies
precedency
precedent
precedented
precedentedly
precedential
precedentially
precedenting
precedently
precedents
precedes
precedest
precedeth

Literary usage of Precedence

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1. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"In Ireland, if he is a "peer he has precedence between the archbishops of ... But, except in the House of Lords, the precedence of the lord chancellor of ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"In the "Ancient fables of precedence, " TA hich we have already cited, dukes of tbe blood royal are always ranked before other dukes, and in most of them ..."

3. An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord by Joseph Whitaker (1869)
"Merely official rank on the husband's part does not give any similar precedence to the wife. For Dames Grand Cross, see pp. J97-e. LOCAL precedence ENGLAND ..."

4. The Principles of International Law by Thomas Joseph Lawrence (1895)
"We will give a brief sketch of existing arrangements, dealing first with Rules of precedence for states and their representatives. ..."

5. Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia: A Study of Historical Biography by Eugene Schuyler (1884)
"The commission made a report on that subject, and as a preliminary to the system which they wished to introduce, proposed the total abolition of precedence. ..."

6. Elements of International Law by Henry Wheaton (1904)
"The Emperor of Germany, under the former constitution of the empire, was entitled to precedence over all • other temporal princes, as the supposed successor ..."

7. The Works of Tennyson by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson Tennyson (1908)
"In time of war, precedence was especially pernicious; disputes among the commanders led ... It is to be observed that precedence, in one way a check on the ..."

8. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1908)
"In time of war, precedence was especially pernicious; disputes among the commanders led ... It is to be observed that precedence, in one way a check on the ..."

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