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heterarchy

noun
  1. linguistics a formal structure, usually represented by a diagram of connected nodes, without any single permanent uppermost nodeCompare hierarchy (def. 5), tree (def. 6)
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Word Origin

from Greek heteros other, different + archē sovereignty
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