[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 hierarchically

Historical Examples of hierarchically

  • As such, he was the ranking priest—socially, not hierarchically—in the country.

    The Eyes Have It

    Gordon Randall Garrett

Word Origin and History for hierarchically



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

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