An example of priority is a claim that has to be processed right away and that jumps to the head of the line.
- the fact or condition of being prior; precedence in time, order, importance, etc.
- a right to precedence over others in obtaining, buying, or doing something
- an order granting this, as in an emergency
- something to be given prior attention
Origin of priorityMiddle English priorite from Medieval Latin prioritas
- Precedence, especially established by order of importance or urgency.
- a. An established right to precedence.b. An authoritative rating that establishes such precedence.
- A preceding or coming earlier in time.
- Something afforded or deserving prior attention.
Origin of priorityMiddle English priorite from Old French from Medieval Latin priōritās from Latin prior first ; see prior 2.
From Old French priorite, from Latin prioritas.
priority - Computer Definition
A particular order, or sequence, in which things take place (items processed, users served, etc.). A priority is based on a predetermined assignment of value, or importance, to different types of events and people.
priority - Legal Definition