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  • adj. hierarchal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a hierarchy; ordered in a hierarchy.
  • adj. Pertaining to a transitive relation between objects by which they may be ordered into a hierarchy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a hierarchy.

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

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


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  • Mitochondrial genomes, being maternally inherited and es-sentially clonal, are necessarily related in a nested hierarchic fashion

    A New Book

  • In Mr. Wood's analysis, the force of the democratic principle was bound to undo or modify some of the hierarchic aspects of the Founders' plan.

    The Visionary Generation

  • Himmler modeled not only these outward symbols but also the hierarchic structure of SS leadership itself after the pattern of the orders blessed by the Holy Roman Emperors.


  • In addition, the author points out that contemporary conflict is being conducted on four interrelated levels, in a hierarchic top-down structure from the political, strategic, operational to the tactical level, what seems at first sight no different from the classical definition of war by Von Clausewitz according to which war is the continuation of politics by other means.

    Preparing the Ground for Military Aggression Against Venezuela and Latin America

  • This was a unique model of leadership, which for reasons of “unity of command” is usually hierarchic, with only one leader at each level of any given social organization.

    Poland: Women Leaders in the Jewish Underground During the Holocaust.

  • The world has really changed since we first invented our hierarchic systems.

    How Hierarchies Do Harm

  • A hierarchic structure doesn't encourage such a view.

    How Hierarchies Do Harm

  • In a hierarchic system, people try to please one another rather than saying what they actually think.

    How Hierarchies Do Harm

  • In a hierarchic system, people are constrained by a set of rules and a chain of command that keep them from expressing themselves freely.

    How Hierarchies Do Harm

  • Aren't there weaknesses, too, to having several people play leadership roles, rather than just the one in a traditional hierarchic model?

    How Hierarchies Do Harm


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