hierarchic, hierarchical
Hierarchical is more common, but the choice of form seems to depend on the rhythm of the sentence rather than on any other factor.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • hierarchical — 1560s, from HIERARCHIC (Cf. hierarchic) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Related: Hierarchically …   Etymology dictionary

  • hierarchical — [hī΄ər är′ki kəl] adj. of a hierarchy: also hierarchic hierarchically adv …   English World dictionary

  • hierarchical — hierarchy hi‧er‧ar‧chy [ˈhaɪrɑːki ǁ ɑːr ] noun hierarchies PLURALFORM 1. [countable, uncountable] HUMAN RESOURCES an organization or structure in which the staff are organized in levels and the people at one level have authority over those below… …   Financial and business terms

  • hierarchical — hierarchic hi er*arch ic, hierarchical hi er*arch ic*al, a. [Cf. F. hi[ e]rarchique.] Of or pertaining to a hierarchy; ordered in a hierarchy. {Hi er*arch ic*al*ly}, adv. Syn: hierarchical, hierarchal. [1913 Webster] 2. Pertaining to a transitive …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hierarchical — hier|ar|chi|cal [haıˈra:kıkəl US a:r ] adj if a system, organization etc is hierarchical, people or things are divided into levels of importance hierarchical structure/organization/system etc ▪ a hierarchical society >hierarchically [ kli] adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hierarchical — adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ The company s structure is rigidly hierarchical. ▪ become ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very …   Collocations dictionary

  • hierarchical — hi|er|ar|chi|cal [ ,haıə rarkıkl ] adjective a hierarchical society or organization is one in which differences in status are considered to be very important: the hierarchical structure of medieval society …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hierarchical — [[t]haɪərɑ͟ː(r)kɪk(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A hierarchical system or organization is one in which people have different ranks or positions, depending on how important they are. ...the traditional hierarchical system of military organization …   English dictionary

  • hierarchical — UK [ˌhaɪəˈrɑː(r)kɪk(ə)l] / US [ˌhaɪəˈrɑrkɪk(ə)l] adjective a hierarchical society or organization is one in which differences in status are considered to be very important the hierarchical structure of medieval society …   English dictionary

  • hierarchical — adjective classified according to various criteria into successive levels or layers it has been said that only a hierarchical society with a leisure class at the top can produce works of art in her hierarchical set of values honesty comes first • …   Useful english dictionary

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