- chief in importance or impact; supreme; preeminent: a point of paramount significance.
- above others in rank or authority; superior in power or jurisdiction.
- a supreme ruler; overlord.
Origin of paramount
1. See dominant.
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Examples from the Web for paramountcy
With the appearance of British paramountcy at the Cape came a hint of law and order, of progress and its accompaniment—taxation.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 1 (of 6)
He would have tolerated their “gentility nonsense” if they would have acknowledged his paramountcy.The Life of George Borrow
- of the greatest importance or significance; pre-eminent
- rare a supreme ruler
C16: via Anglo-Norman from Old French paramont, from par by + -amont above, from Latin ad montem to the mountain
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Word Origin and History for paramountcy
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