Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare The state or condition of being prime or first, as in time, place, rank, etc., hence, excellency; supremacy.
  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state or condition of being prime or first, as in time, place, rank, etc., hence, excellency; supremacy.
  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the state of being first in importance

Etymologies

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

[Middle English primacie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin prīmātia, office of church primate, from Latin prīmās, prīmāt-, of first rank; see primate.]

Examples

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

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  • 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).

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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

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

    Superiority Complex

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