Definition of precedence in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɛsɪd(ə)ns/
Pronunciation: /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
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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.
take priority over, be considered more important/urgent than, outweigh, supersede, 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.
priority, pre-eminence, rank, seniority, superiority, primacy, first place, pride of place, eminence, supremacy, ascendancy, preference

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