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Pronunciation:  'presiduns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of preceding (as in a ceremony)
  2. [n]  preceding in time
  3. [n]  status established in order of importance or urgency; "...its precedence as the world's leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals"; "national independence takes priority over class struggle"

PRECEDENCE is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: antecedence, antecedency, anteriority, precedency, precedency, precedency, precession, priority, priority
 Antonyms: posteriority, subsequence, subsequentness
 See Also: activity, back burner, earliness, high status



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pre*ced"ence\, Precedency \Pre*ced"en*cy\, n. [Cf.
F. pr['e]c['e]dence. See {Precede}.]
1. The act or state of preceding or going before in order of
   time; priority; as, one event has precedence of another.

2. The act or state of going or being before in rank or
   dignity, or the place of honor; right to a more honorable
   place; superior rank; as, barons have precedence of

         Which of them [the different desires] has the
         precedency in determining the will to the next
         action?                               --Locke.

Syn: Antecedence; priority; pre["e]minence; preference;

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