- The definition of hierarchical is something that is organized in terms of rank, or where rigid distinctions of power are identified and complied with.
A military system where there are clearly defined ranks and everyone must obey people ranked above them is an example of a hierarchical system.
hierarchical definition by Webster's New World
- hierarchically adverb
hierarchical definition by American Heritage Dictionary
or hi·er·ar·chic or hi·er·ar·chaladjective
- hiˌer·arˈchi·cal·ly adverb
hierarchical - Computer Definition
A structure made up of different levels like a company organization chart. The higher levels have control or precedence over the lower levels. Hierarchical structures are a one-to-many relationship; each item having one or more items below it. See hierarchical navigation and hierarchical addressing. File Systems Are Hierarchical The system for organizing files on a hard disk is typically structured as a hierarchy. The desktop is often placed at the top of the hierarchy, followed by folders and subfolders within the folders. See Win Explorer and file system.