What does precedence mean?

Definitions for precedenceˈprɛs ɪ dəns, prɪˈsid ns

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. precedence, precedency, priority(noun)

    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"

  2. priority, antecedence, antecedency, anteriority, precedence, precedency(noun)

    preceding in time

  3. precession, precedence, precedency(noun)

    the act of preceding in time or order or rank (as in a ceremony)


  1. precedence(Noun)

    The state of preceding in importance or priority.

    Family takes precedence over work, in an emergency.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Precedence(noun)

    alt. of Precedency


  1. Precedence

    Precedence is a solitaire card game which uses two decks of playing cards. It is a building game where the playing does not have to worry about a tableau or playing area. In the book 100 Solitaire Games by Sloane Lee and Gabriel Packard, it is known under the name Downing Street. At the start of the game, a king is removed from the rest of the deck and placed on the first of eight foundations. After that, the following cards must be placed on the next seven foundations: a queen, a jack, a 10, a 9, an 8, a 7, and a 6. These cards should be placed on their respective foundations in this order and a foundation should not start until the foundation to its immediate left does. So the fourth foundation for instance should not start unless the third one is already in place. Also, when one foundation is already been started, it can immediately be built down regardless of suit until it has thirteen cards. In this game, building is round-the-corner, i.e. a King can be placed over an ace, which can be placed over a deuce.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Precedence

    prē-sē′dens, n. the act of going before in time: priority: the state of being before in rank: the place of honour: the foremost place in ceremony—also Precē′dency.—adj. Precē′dent, going before in order of time: anterior.—n. Precedent (pres′ēdent), a past action which may serve as an example or rule in the future: a parallel case in the past: an established habit or custom.—adjs. Prec′edented, having a precedent: warranted by an example; Preceden′tial, of the nature of a precedent.—adv. Precē′dently.—adj. Precē′ding, going before in time, rank, &c.: antecedent: previous: former.—Order of precedence, the rules which fix the places of persons at a ceremony; Patent of precedence, a royal grant giving to certain barristers right of superior rank; Take precedence of, to have a right to a more honourable place. [Fr.,—L. præcedens, -entis, pr.p. of præcedĕre, to go before.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. precedence

    A designation assigned to a message by the originator to indicate to communications personnel the relative order of handling and to the addressee the order in which the message is to be noted. Examples of communication precedence from most immediate to least are flash, immediate, priority,


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of precedence in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of precedence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chinese:

    In learning, age and youth go for nothing; the best informed take the precedence.

  2. Bin Attash:

    We have so many problems in the camp that take precedence over anything we are discussing here in the court.

  3. Richard Feynman:

    For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.

  4. Ayn Rand:

    Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it.

  5. Hajime Funada:

    His feeling of wanting to try to revise the constitution while premier and if possible, succeed, is taking precedence and that has begun to be obvious, we're in a bind.

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