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priˈɛm ə nəntpre·em·i·nent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. leading(a), preeminentadjective

    greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement

    "our greatest statesmen"; "the country's leading poet"; "a preeminent archeologist"


  1. preeminentadjective

    Exceeding others in quality or rank; of outstanding excellence, extremely notable or important.

  2. Etymology: From preeminent and its source, praeeminens, present participle of praeeminere, from prae- + eminere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Preeminentadjective

    Excellent above others.

    Etymology: preeminent, Fr. præ and eminent.

    Tell how came I here? by some great maker
    In goodness and in pow’r preeminent. John Milton.

    We claim a proper interest above others, in the preeminent rights of the houshold of faith. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.


  1. preeminent

    Greatness is a concept of a state of superiority affecting a person or object in a particular place or area. Greatness can also be attributed to individuals who possess a natural ability to be better than all others. An example of an expression of the concept in a qualified sense would be "Hector is the definition of greatness" or "Napoleon was one of the greatest wartime leaders". In the unqualified sense it might be stated "George Washington achieved greatness within his own lifetime", thus implying that "greatness" is a definite and identifiable quality. Application of the terms "great" and "greatness" is dependent on the perspective and subjective judgements of those who apply them. Whereas in some cases the perceived greatness of a person, place or object might be agreed upon by many, this is not necessarily the case, and the perception of greatness may be both fiercely contested and highly idiosyncratic.Historically, in Europe, rulers were sometimes given the attribute "the Great", as in Alexander the Great, Frederick the Great, and Catherine the Great. Starting with the Roman consul and general Pompey, the Latin equivalent Magnus was also used, as in Pompeius Magnus, Albertus Magnus, and Carolus Magnus. The English language uses the Latin term magnum opus, (literally "great work") to describe certain works of art and literature. Since the publication of Francis Galton's Hereditary Genius in 1869, and especially with the accelerated development of intelligence tests in the early 1900s, there has been a vast amount of social scientific research published relative to the question of greatness. Much of this research does not actually use the term great in describing itself, preferring terms such as eminence, genius, exceptional achievement, etc. Historically the major intellectual battles over this topic have focused around the questions of nature versus nurture or person versus context. Today the importance of both dimensions is accepted by all, but disagreements over the relative importance of each are still reflected in variations in research emphases.


  1. preeminent

    Preeminent refers to surpassing all others; being superior or prominent in quality, position, importance, or achievement. It describes someone or something that is highly distinguished or outstanding.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preeminentadjective

    eminent above others; prominent among those who are eminent; superior in excellence; surpassing, or taking precedence of, others; rarely, surpassing others in evil, or in bad qualities; as, preeminent in guilt

  2. Etymology: [L. praeminens, -entis, p. pr. praeminere to be prominent, to surpass: cf. F. prminent. See Pre-, and Eminent.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preeminent in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preeminent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of preeminent in a Sentence

  1. Jim France:

    Race fans are, and always will be, the lifeblood of NASCAR. Few knew this better than Bruton Smith, bruton built his race tracks employing a simple philosophy; give face fans memories they will cherish for a lifetime. In doing do, Bruton helped grow NASCAR's popularity as the preeminent spectator sport.

  2. Julie Pace:

    We have great opportunities ahead to modernize our news report and better serve the needs of our customers and audience, while always maintaining AP's standing as the world's preeminent fact-based news organization.

  3. Anthony Liccione:

    One of these days, will become a this day. And that day, will be the preeminent of days to come.

  4. Omar Ali:

    London's dominance as the preeminent European financial center remains unrivaled.

  5. David Petraeus:

    They have, to a degree, been both part of Iraq's salvation but also the most serious threat to the all-important effort of once again getting the Sunni Arab population in Iraq to feel that it has a stake in the success of Iraq rather than a stake in its failure, longer term, Iranian-backed Shia militia could emerge as the preeminent power in the country, one that is outside the control of the government and instead answerable to Tehran.

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