Precedence definition

prĕsĭ-dən-sē, prĭ-sēdn-sē
A ceremonial order of rank or preference, especially as observed on formal occasions.

Recipients of military honors were called in order of precedence—highest ranking officers first.

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Priority claimed or received because of greater importance.

The prospect of big investment returns took precedence over limiting risk.

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The act, right, or fact of preceding in time, order, rank, etc.
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The fact, state, or right of coming before in time, order, or position.

Applications arriving first will receive precedence in processing.

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Priority as because of superiority in rank.
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An official or conventional ranking of dignitaries in order of importance.
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The state of preceding in importance or priority.

Family takes precedence over work, in an emergency.

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Precedence is defined as the thing that comes first, has the highest ranking or has a higher priority because of superiority.

An example of precedence is status of the first design of a product.

An example of precedence is the official in the military parade that goes first because of status.

An example of precedence is the priority of a resume with a recommendation from the CEO.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
precedence
Plural:
precedences