hierarchical

[hahy-uh-rahr-ki-kuh l, hahy-rahr-]
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
adj.

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

hierarchical

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper