from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The fact, state, or right of preceding; priority: Applications arriving first will receive precedence.
- n. Priority claimed or received because of preeminence or superiority: The company asserted its precedence as the leading manufacturer of microchips.
- n. A ceremonial order of rank or preference, especially as observed on formal occasions: Recipients of military honors were called in order of precedence—highest ranking officers first.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of preceding in importance or priority.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or state of preceding or going before in order of time; priority.
- n. The act or state of going or being before in rank or dignity, or the place of honor; right to a more honorable place; superior rank.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of going before; specifically, the right of preceding others in public or private ceremonies; the right to a more honorable place in public processions or assemblies, or in the formalities of social life; social superiority; advantage in rank. In many countries precedence is a matter of strict regulation. See order of precedence, below.
- n. Prior place; superior position; position indicative of superior rank.
- n. Previous occurrence, or existence before; priority in time.
- n. That which goes before; a preceding act or speech.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. status established in order of importance or urgency
- n. the act of preceding in time or order or rank (as in a ceremony)
- n. preceding in time
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