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preeminent Syllabification: pre·em·i·nent
Pronunciation: /prēˈemənənt/

Definition of preeminent in English:


Surpassing all others; very distinguished in some way: the world’s preeminent expert on asbestos
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  • We asked William Diamond, pre-eminent expert in international taxation, for his picks.
  • The Taj Mahal, in spite of its pre-eminent position in our heritage hierarchy, has not escaped this fate either.
  • He's the world's pre-eminent expert on psychopathy and a regular advisor to the FBI.


Late Middle English: from Latin praeeminent- 'towering above, excelling', from the verb praeeminere, from prae 'before' + eminere 'stand out'.

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