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  1. first among equalsnoun

    A person or position that if formally equivalent to others in a group, but is superior in some attribute.

  2. first among equalsnoun

    In the British and other parliamentary systems, a term used to describe the relationship of the prime minister to the other members of the cabinet.

  3. Etymology: A calque translation of primus inter pares


  1. First Among Equals

    First Among Equals is a 1984 novel by British author Jeffrey Archer, which follows the careers and personal lives of four fictional British politicians from 1964 to 1991, with each vying to become Prime Minister. Several situations in the novel are drawn from the author's own early political career in the British House of Commons, and the fictional characters interact with actual political figures from the UK and elsewhere including Winston Churchill, Alec Douglas-Home, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher, Douglas Hurd, Colonel Gadaffi, Gary Hart and Queen Elizabeth II. The title is a literal translation of the Latin term Primus inter pares, a term used to refer to either the most senior member of a group of equals or to refer to someone who claims to be just one member of a group of equals when in reality he or she completely dominates said group. This phrase is used to describe the official constitutional status of the British Prime Minister within his Cabinet.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of first among equals in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of first among equals in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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    I simply cannot stand by and watch a right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States come under attack from those who either can't understand it, don't like the sound of it, or find themselves too philosophically squeamish to see why it remains the first among equals: Because it is the right we turn to when all else fails. That's why the Second Amendment is America's first freedom.

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  • الأول في المتساويينArabic
  • premier parmi ses pairsFrench
  • ar dtús i measc daoine comhionannIrish
  • बराबरी के बीच पहलेHindi
  • primo tra pariItalian
  • ראשון בין שוויםHebrew
  • முதலில் சமமாகTamil
  • 首先是平等的Chinese

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