Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a hierarchy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to a hierarchy.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastic or priestly order.
  • adj. Classified or arranged according to various criteria into successive ranks or grades.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as hierarchic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. classified according to various criteria into successive levels or layers

Etymologies

Compare French hiérarchique. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Workers in hierarchical workplaces cannot reasonably be expected to identify themselves if their opinions might touch upon their workplaces -- that's a disciplinary issue for most workers & most employers.

    Who Are You People? « PubliCola

  • There's religious dissent on that score and a lot of controversy over whether one should go in hierarchical order.

    Agnostic Michael Krasny Has 'Spiritual Envy'

  • Lists of one to 413 colleges, or others from one to 713 colleges or still others from one to 1,013 colleges are those I define as hierarchical and cumulatively register as useless for one simple reason: they forgot their audience.

    Robert Franek: College Rankings Fatigue or Just Bad College Rankings Fatigue?

  • Apes usually live in hierarchical groups in which the champs get all the sweet poon tang, top spot on the tree tastiest banana, that sort of thing.

    Archive 2007-11-18

  • My second-year summer paper also involved dual prices, this time in hierarchical linear programs, and it was published in Management Science.

    Finn E. Kydland - Autobiography

  • It's not just following the rules laid down, and it's not just moving from modality to modality in hierarchical order.

    Balkinization

  • File logs are shown in hierarchical log views with quick access to file content diffs.

    Gizmo Project

  • Bureaucracies refer to the use of secretive, codified information to achieve co-ordination; the approach is sometimes called hierarchical co-ordination.

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  • I’ve detailed the kind of person who makes an excellent disciplinarian of pubescent males — male, a high school diploma but not necessarily a college diploma, not stupid but not intellectual, and experienced in hierarchical organizations with strong discipline traditions, such as a Marine sergeant or assistant football coach.

    Matthew Yglesias » Getting to Effectiveness

  • It's important for people with standing in society to wear it, he said, referring to the hierarchical nature of Japanese society.

    Japan asks workers to dress cool to save energy

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