[hahy-uh-rahr-ki-kuh l, hahy-rahr-]


of, belonging to, or characteristic of a hierarchy.

Also hi·er·ar·chic.

Origin of hierarchical

1425–75; late Middle English. See hierarch, -ical
Related formshi·er·ar·chi·cal·ly, adverban·ti·hi·er·ar·chic, adjectivean·ti·hi·er·ar·chi·cal, adjectivean·ti·hi·er·ar·chi·cal·ly, adverbnon·hi·er·ar·chic, adjectivenon·hi·er·ar·chi·cal, adjectivenon·hi·er·ar·chi·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for hierarchic

Historical Examples of hierarchic

  • I have already given one example in the hierarchic title "Science."

  • It was a sort of hierarchic organization, of which the rules were most rigidly enforced.

    The Hansa Towns

    Helen Zimmern

  • We are hierarchic to this day, kept down by those who are supported by thoughts.

  • Church government, as humanized in the sects, has taken forms other than the hierarchic.

  • I suppose, also, that Schneeweiss had imagined that I was quite imbued with hierarchic views.

Word Origin and History for hierarchic

1680s, from Medieval Latin hierarchicus, from hierarchia (see hierarchy). Hierarchical is from 1580s.



1560s, from hierarchic + -al (1). Related: Hierarchically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper