Definitions

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

  • n. The state of being first or foremost.
  • n. Ecclesiastical The office, rank, or province of primate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or condition of being prime or first, as in time, place, rank, etc., hence, excellency; supremacy.
  • n. The office, rank, or character of a primate; the chief ecclesiastical station or dignity in a national church; the office or dignity of an archbishop; as, the primacy of England.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or condition of being prime or first, as in time, place, rank, etc., hence, excellency; supremacy.
  • n. The office, rank, or character of a primate; the chief ecclesiastical station or dignity in a national church; the office or dignity of an archbishop.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition of being prime or first in order, power, or importance.
  • n. The rank, dignity, or office of an archbishop or other primate.

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

  • n. the state of being first in importance

Etymologies

Middle English primacie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin prīmātia, office of church primate, from Latin prīmās, prīmāt-, of first rank; see primate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • At stake is "what we call the primacy of politics."

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  • (the term primacy refers to primary, as opposed to exclusive, responsibility for a program).

    Npr Report On Department Of Interior Part

  • While windows may continue to be the primary desktop platform in the near-term, this primacy is by no means guaranteed in the long-term, and Microdoft knows this as well as anyone.

    How Google’s Checkbook Stymied Microsoft - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Any man who will honestly tell me differently, that he deserves a place in primacy in the marriage and supreme authority and sexual rights are his by dint of station ought to read Matthew 23: 1-12 where Jesus speaks to the Pharisees.

    Can you love God and feminism? - Feministing

  • Optimists might find solace in the argument that nuclear primacy is irrelevant.

    Superiority Complex

  • Nuclear primacy is supposed to give the United States a trump card in future disputes, allowing it to reassure allies and coerce potential enemies.

    Superiority Complex

  • If you throw in primacy of EU law, the EU Defence Force, The Foreign Minister (whatever he or she gets called) and the permanent presidency, it becomes like the elephant in the front room: if it looks like a superstate, if it sounds like a superstate and if it smells like a superstate, then it is a superstate.

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  • Amanda Marcotte at Pandagon points out that in recent children's movies, entire species have undergone "regendering ... to make sure that male primacy is preserved": The female-dominant reality of bees and ants is reversed in Bee Movie, Antz, and A Bug's Life, and cows with udders are still given male personas in Barnyard.

    BROAD CAST 17 NOVEMBER 2007 -- GENDER MINDBENDERS

  • "The period of copyright primacy is going to end up as a huge hole in the cultural record."

    Boing Boing: November 25, 2001 - December 1, 2001 Archives

  • Its primacy is founded in the necessities the American political order.

    The Runaway Presidency

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