priority[prī ôr′ə tē, -är′-]
- Priority is defined as that something or someone is more urgent or important than other things.
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 prior2.
- An item's relative importance.
- He set his e-mail message's priority to high.
- A goal of a person or an organisation.
- She needs to get her priorities straight and stop playing games.
- (taxonomy, of a name) A superior claim to use by virtue of being validly published at an earlier date.
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