1. status established in order of importance or urgency;
- Example: "...its precedence as the world's leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals"
- Example: "national independence takes priority over class struggle"
[syn: precedence, precedency, priority]
2. preceding in time;
[syn: priority, antecedence, antecedency, anteriority, precedence, precedency]
3. the act of preceding in time or order or rank (as in a ceremony);
[syn: precession, precedence, precedency]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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 or being before in rank or dignity, or the place of honor; right to a more honorable place; superior rank; as, barons have precedence of commoners. [1913 Webster] Which of them [the different desires] has the precedency in determining the will to the next action? --Locke. [1913 Webster] Syn: Antecedence; priority; pre["e]minence; preference; superiority. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
precedence n 1: 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" [syn: precedence, precedency, priority] 2: preceding in time [syn: priority, antecedence, antecedency, anteriority, precedence, precedency] [ant: posteriority, subsequence, subsequentness] 3: the act of preceding in time or order or rank (as in a ceremony) [syn: precession, precedence, precedency]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
106 Moby Thesaurus words for "precedence": accent, accomplishment, antecedence, antecedency, antedate, antedating, anteposition, anteriority, anticipation, ascendancy, authority, caste, class, concern, concernment, condition, consequence, consequentiality, consideration, deanship, earlier state, earliness, echelon, eminence, emphasis, excellence, favor, footing, foregoing, front, greatness, heading, hierarchy, high order, high rank, import, importance, incomparability, influence, influentialness, inimitability, interest, le pas, lead, leading, majority, mark, materiality, merit, moment, note, one-upmanship, order, paramountcy, past time, place, position, power structure, precedency, preceding, precession, precursor, predating, predominance, predomination, preeminence, preexistence, preference, preponderance, prepotence, prepotency, prerogative, pressure, prestige, primacy, priority, privilege, prominence, rank, rate, rating, right-of-way, self-importance, seniority, significance, skill, sphere, stage, standing, station, stature, status, status quo ante, stress, success, superiority, supremacy, the lead, transcendence, transcendency, value, van, virtuosity, weight, weightiness, worthThe Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (26 July 2010):
precedence operator precedenceBouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
PRECEDENCE. The right of being first placed in a certain order, the first rank being supposed the most honorable. 2. In this country no precedence is given by law to men. 3. Nations, in their intercourse with each other, do not admit any precedence; hence in their treaties in one copy one is named first, and the other in the other. In some cases of officers when one must of necessity act as the chief, the oldest in commission will have precedence; as when the president of a court is not present, the associate who has the oldest commission will have a precedence; or if their. commissions bear the same date, then the oldest man. 4. In. the, army and navy there is an order of precedence which regulates the officers in their command.