Definition of primacy in English:


Syllabification: pri·ma·cy
Pronunciation: /ˈprīməsē


  • 2The office, period of office, or authority of a primate of certain churches.
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    • But do we really need another in-house hassle over papal primacy versus episcopal collegiality?
    • An excellent defense of the need for a reformed universal primacy of the Bishop of Rome in a reunited Church is also included.
    • Forster reflected the position on papal primacy taken by the Anglican - Roman Catholic International Commission for ecumenical dialogue.
  • 3 [usually as modifier] Psychology The fact of an item having been presented earlier to the subject (especially as increasing its likelihood of being remembered): the primacy effect is thought to reflect recall from a long-term memory store
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    • The notion that recognition memory performance is dominated by semantic or conceptual factors has its origin in what Kolers and Roediger referred to as the semantic primacy assumption.
    • This pattern of recall is likely the result of the combination of easily recalled semantically related words and primacy effects.
    • These findings of long-term priming effects are clearly in opposition to the semantic primacy assumption.


late Middle English: from Old French primatie, from medieval Latin primatia, from Latin primas, primat- 'of the first rank' (see primate1).

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