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Syllabification: prec·e·dence
Pronunciation: /ˈpresədəns
, prēˈsēdns

Definition of precedence in English:


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
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  • For a glorious few minutes at Knock Airport on Friday evening, the humble bike took precedence over the big plane.
  • However, on their last album before this, silence took precedence over noise.
  • Their needs were always paramount in his thoughts and took precedence over everything else in his life.
priority, rank, seniority, superiority, primacy, preeminence, eminence
take priority over, outweigh, prevail over, come before
1.1The 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
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  • 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.
  • Arguments about ceremonial precedence, like those affecting professional competence, were about power.

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