Hierarchical meaning

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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.

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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 HierarchicalThe system for organizing files on a hard drive or SSD is structured as a hierarchy. The desktop is often placed at the top of the hierarchy, followed by folders and subfolders within the folders. See folder, Win Explorer and file system.
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Pertaining to a hierarchy.
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Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastic or priestly order.
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Classified or arranged according to various criteria into successive ranks or grades.

It has been said that only a hierarchical society with a leisure class at the top can produce works of art. - source?

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Of or relating to a hierarchy.
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Of a hierarchy.
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Origin of hierarchical

  • Compare French hiérarchique.

    From Wiktionary