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- adv. Of prime importance; before anything else; especially.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- prep. before every other consideration; chiefly; in preference to other things.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. above and beyond all other consideration
- adv. taking everything together
From Middle English. Compare Dutch bovenal ("above all"). (Wiktionary)