Hierarchy meaning

hīə-rärkē, hīrär-
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The definition of hierarchy is a group of people or things arranged in order of rank or the people that rank at the top of such a system.

An example of hierarchy is the corporate ladder.

An example of hierarchy is the various levels of priests in the Catholic church.

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A structure that has a predetermined ordering from high to low. For example, all files and folders on the hard disk are organized in a hierarchy (see Win Folder organization).
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A group of animals in which certain members or subgroups dominate or submit to others.
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Categorization or arrangement of a group of people or things into such ranks or grades.

Classification by hierarchy; discounting the effects of hierarchy.

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A group of animals in which certain members or subgroups dominate or submit to others.
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A group of persons or things arranged in order of rank, grade, class, etc.
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A group of persons or things organized into successive ranks or grades with each level subordinate to the one above.

A career spent moving up through the military hierarchy.

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Any group of objects ranked so that every one but the topmost is subordinate to a specified one above it.
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A group of persons or things organized into successive ranks or grades with each level subordinate to the one above.

A career spent moving up through the military hierarchy.

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One of three main divisions of angels in traditional Christian angelology.
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A body of persons having authority.
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Categorization or arrangement of a group of people or things into such ranks or grades.

Classification by hierarchy; discounting the effects of hierarchy.

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The group of officials, esp. the highest officials, in such a system.
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A system of church government by priests or other clergy in graded ranks.
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A body of authoritative officials organized in nested ranks.
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Origin of hierarchy

  • Middle English ierarchie from Old French from Medieval Latin hierarchia from Greek hierarkhiā rule of a high priest from hierarkhēs high priest hierarch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French ierarchie (French hiérarchie), from Latin hierarchia, from Ancient Greek ἱεραρχία (hierarkhia, “rule of a high priest”), from ἱεράρχης (hierarkhēs, “high priest”), from ἱερεύς (hiereus, “priest”) and ἀρχή (arkhē, “rule”).

    From Wiktionary