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- n. Precedence; superiority.
- n. The fact of serving as a precedent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as precedence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of preceding in time or order or rank (as in a ceremony)
- n. preceding in time
- n. status established in order of importance or urgency
From precedent + -ency. (Wiktionary)