Definition of precedence in English:


Pronunciation /ˈprɛsɪd(ə)ns//prɪˈsiːd(ə)ns/


mass noun
  • 1The condition of being considered more important than someone or something else; priority in importance, order, or rank.

    ‘his desire for power soon took precedence over any other consideration’
    • ‘He felt that an individual's character took precedence over what they looked like.’
    • ‘And that is the profit imperative taking precedence over everything else.’
    • ‘Russian laws were given precedence over laws passed by the Finnish Diet.’
    • ‘These skills took precedence over more craft-based or manufacturing work skills.’
    • ‘Their needs were always paramount in his thoughts and took precedence over everything else in his life.’
    • ‘It was a war in which close air support and interdiction often took precedence over strategic attack.’
    • ‘The new popular context of images took precedence over the origin of the representation.’
    • ‘So nuances of gravel and green olive took precedence over plums and berries.’
    • ‘However, on their last album before this, silence took precedence over noise.’
    • ‘Getting things done properly took precedence over getting them done quickly.’
    • ‘He believes that the Bible's authority takes absolute precedence over man's opinions.’
    • ‘But almost as soon as he arrived in England, Philip was accorded precedence over Mary.’
    • ‘Should property rights be given precedence over human rights or society's need to protect nature?’
    • ‘This new possibility took precedence over the offer he had been preparing to make the others.’
    • ‘For a glorious few minutes at Knock Airport on Friday evening, the humble bike took precedence over the big plane.’
    • ‘But the urge to entertain took precedence over basic common sense.’
    • ‘If it becomes, in effect, a European Union constitution, it will take legal precedence over our own.’
    • ‘For most of them the interests of the established Church took precedence over sentimental attachment to the Stuart dynasty.’
    • ‘Power generation was given precedence because thermal power was in great demand in summer.’
    • ‘The profit of the nation took absolute precedence over the companies.’
    take priority over, be considered more important than, be considered more urgent than, outweigh, supersede, prevail over, come before
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    1. 1.1 The order to be ceremonially observed by people of different rank, according to an acknowledged or legally determined system.
      ‘quarrels over precedence among the Bonaparte family marred the coronation’
      • ‘If you want to set precedence in a case, alternative dispute resolution methods may not be the answer.’
      • ‘If a player can place a tile, they must do so in their turn, according to these precedence rules.’
      • ‘Arguments about ceremonial precedence, like those affecting professional competence, were about power.’
      • ‘This order of precedence can be important if both teams are close to winning.’
      • ‘The order of precedence among legal heirs is defined by the degree of proximity of kinship.’
      • ‘Each cardinal approaches the altar, according to the order of precedence.’
      • ‘The controversy over precedence must be understood in this context.’
      • ‘Either the people of this country decided the precedence accorded to the parties, or they did not.’
      • ‘Just as in a ceremony there is an order of precedence, so also in news.’
      priority, pre-eminence, rank, seniority, superiority, primacy, first place, pride of place, eminence, supremacy, ascendancy, preference
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