American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of chief concern or importance: tending first to one's paramount needs.
- adj. Supreme in rank, power, or authority. See Synonyms at dominant.
- n. One that has the highest rank, power, or authority.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Supreme; superior in power or jurisdiction; chief: as, lord paramount, the supreme lord of a fee, or of lands, tenements, and hereditaments. Under the feudal system the sovereign is lord paramount, of whom all the land in the kingdom is supposed to be held mediately or immediately. This is still the theory of the English law, the ultimate property of all lauds being regarded as in the crown.
- Above; superior to: with a prepositional force.
- Eminent; of the highest order; especially, of chief or superior importance; above all others as regards importance; superior: as, the paramount duty of a citizen.
- n. The chief; the highest in rank or importance; a superior.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the highest rank or jurisdiction; superior to all others; chief; supreme; preëminent.
- n. The highest or chief.
- adj. having superior power and influence
- From Old French, from par, per ("by") + amont, amount ("above, upward"), from Latin ad montem ("to a mountain"); see amount. (Wiktionary)
- Anglo-Norman paramont, above : par, by (from Latin per; see per1 in Indo-European roots) + amont, above, upward; see amount. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“At one extreme of these is the proceeding in rem of the admiralty, which conclusively disposes of the property in its power, and, when it sells or condemns it, does not deal with this or that man's title, but gives a new title paramount to all previous interests, whatsoever they may be.”
“What's harder to accept, from an author for whom character has always been paramount, is the lack of dimensionality in both Hector and Sylvie, who manage to seem vaporous and wooden at the same time ...”
“This line about happiness being paramount is particularly irritating from supposedly religious people.”
“He mentioned the word paramount, that the will of the people has to be considered here.”
“In this case also the consideration which becomes paramount is the possibility of pre - serving the unity of the two great races that are joint partners in Confederation.”
“As long as he did not possess her she knew that emotion would remain paramount over judgment – that the longing to win her would triumph over the desire to improve what he had won.”
“Shakspere's influence it might be expected that his would have been the name paramount among the pioneers of English romanticism.”
“So if the lessor be evicted [foreclosed??] of a part of the land demised, by a stranger on title paramount, it operates as a suspension of the rent pro Canto, and the rent is apportioned and payable only in respect of the residue. lb.”
““What’s paramount is getting the toys right,” Ted Koplar, president of St. Louis-based WEP told Daily Variety.”
“The authors say the Aymara speakers see the difference between what is known and not known as paramount, and what is known is what you see in front of you, with your own eyes.”
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