Priority definition

prī-ôrĭ-tē, -ŏr-
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Precedence, especially established by order of importance or urgency.
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A preceding or coming earlier in time.
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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.
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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.

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Something to be given prior attention.
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A right to precedence over others in obtaining, buying, or doing something.
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(taxonomy, of a name) A superior claim to use by virtue of being validly published at an earlier date.
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Something afforded or deserving prior attention.
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An established right to precedence.
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An authoritative rating that establishes such precedence.
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A condition of being higher in rank, or degree, or having occurred at an earlier time; taking precedence, especially a creditor’s right to receive payment from a debtor before others are paid; the initiating court’s exercising the jurisdiction in a case in which more than one court is involved.
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An item's relative importance.

He set his e-mail message's priority to high.

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The fact or condition of being prior; precedence in time, order, importance, etc.
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A goal of a person or an organisation.

She needs to get her priorities straight and stop playing games.

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An order granting this, as in an emergency.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
priority
Plural:
priorities

Origin of priority

  • Middle English priorite from Old French from Medieval Latin priōritās from Latin prior first prior2

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

  • From Old French priorite, from Latin prioritas.

    From Wiktionary