precedence


precedence
precedence, precedent
In BrE, both words are pronounced with the stress on the first syllable, but in AmE the stress is sometimes put on the second, as it is in precede. Precedence means ‘priority in time, order, or importance’, whereas a precedent (countable) is ‘a decision that may be taken as a model for future action’. The use of precedent as an adjective meaning ‘preceding in time or order’ is now rare.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Precedence — • The right to enjoy a prerogative of honour before other persons Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Precedence     Precedence     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Precedence — is a simple ordering, based on either importance or sequence; it may refer to one of the following:* SPECT/CT scanner from Philips * Message precedence of military communications traffic * Order of precedence, the ceremonial hierarchy within a… …   Wikipedia

  • Precedence — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. The act or state of going …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • precedence — ► NOUN 1) the condition of preceding others in importance, order, or rank. 2) an acknowledged or legally determined right to such precedence …   English terms dictionary

  • precedence — I noun advantage, antecedence, authority, elevation, exaltation, importance, predominance, preeminence, preference, prestige, primacy, priority, rank, seniority, status, superiority, supremacy associated concepts: recording statute II index… …   Law dictionary

  • precedence — (n.) late 15c., being a precedent, from PRECEDENT (Cf. precedent) (n.). Meaning fact of preceding another, right of preceding another is from c.1600 …   Etymology dictionary

  • precedence — *priority Analogous words: leading or lead, guiding or guide (see GUIDE): antecedence, foregoing (see corresponding adjectives at PRECEDING) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • precedence — [n] highest in rank; first in order antecedence, anteposition, earliness, lead, precedency, precession, preeminence, preexistence, preference, prevenience, previousness, primary, priority, rank, seniority, superiority, supremacy; concepts 671,727 …   New thesaurus

  • precedence — /presadans/ or precedency /presadansiy/ The act or state of going before; adjustment of place. The right of being first placed in a certain order. See also preference precedent priority …   Black's law dictionary

  • precedence — [pres′ə dəns; prē sēd′ ns, prisēd′ ns] n. [< PRECEDENT] 1. the act, right, or fact of preceding in time, order, rank, etc. 2. priority as because of superiority in rank 3. an official or conventional ranking of dignitaries in order of… …   English World dictionary


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