- 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 considerationMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 coronationMore example sentences
- 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.