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1More important than anything else; supreme.‘the interests of the child are of paramount importance’
most important, of greatest importance, of prime importance, of supreme importanceView synonyms
- ‘Public hearings on important matters are paramount to monitoring government.’
- ‘The requirement of absolute honesty so that there can be absolute trust in a solicitor is obviously of paramount importance.’
- ‘In many pagan myth cycles, of paramount importance is the winter.’
- ‘Any major redevelopment of the south Sutton area is of paramount importance to all those who reside in the area.’
- ‘Economic growth is of paramount importance, and cutting taxes is the way to get it.’
- ‘The planning of land is of paramount importance because you don't get a second chance.’
- ‘It is paramount that all the outstanding subscriptions are paid in order to keep the service in operation.’
- ‘I didn't do anything about it; her happiness was still of paramount importance in my mind.’
- ‘Free trade is a principle which recognizes the paramount importance of individual action.’
- ‘It should by this means embody the central principle that the learner's needs are of paramount importance.’
- ‘The safety of our passengers, fellow crew members and vessels is of paramount importance.’
- ‘He said of paramount importance was the need for development of sport infrastructure in member states.’
- ‘Where building projects and the underground projects were concerned, speed was of paramount importance.’
- ‘Victory is paramount and anything that gets in the way is deemed the enemy that must be destroyed at all costs.’
- ‘It is of paramount importance to take a principled stand against the advocates of communal hatred on all sides.’
- ‘At peak times, when children are going to or coming from school, their safety is of paramount importance.’
- ‘The health and wellbeing of employees and guests is of paramount importance to all its members.’
- ‘In the current market, however, a competitive price will be of paramount importance.’
- ‘Devotion to her religion was of paramount importance to her right up to the end.’
- ‘It is of paramount importance that the chairperson and the director work well together.’
- 1.1attributive Having supreme power.‘a paramount chief’
unequalled, without equal, unparalleled, without parallel, matchless, unmatched, peerless, without peer, unsurpassed, unbeaten, unexcelled, incomparable, beyond compare, inimitableView synonyms
- ‘Social contact with the outside world was absolutely crucial to maintaining the power of paramount chiefs.’
- ‘All the territory of an administrative chiefdom is technically held by the paramount chief.’
- ‘He was deposed as paramount chief and Zululand was annexed to British authority at Ulundi on 1 September.’
- ‘It wasn't land ownership exactly, but the paramount chiefs were allowed to allocate land rights to residents.’
- ‘The role of the United States as a paramount power is somewhat comparable to Great Britain in the nineteenth century.’
Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘highest in jurisdiction’ in the phrases lord paramount and paramount chief): from Anglo-Norman French paramont, from Old French par ‘by’ + amont ‘above’.
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