- taking precedence over all other considerations.
Origin of overriding
- to prevail or have dominance over; have final authority or say over; overrule: to override one's advisers.
- to disregard, set aside, or nullify; countermand: to override the board's veto.
- to take precedence over; preempt or supersede: to override any other considerations.
- to extend beyond or spread over; overlap.
- to modify or suspend the ordinary functioning of; alter the normal operation of.
- to ride over or across.
- to ride past or beyond.
- to trample or crush; ride down.
- to ride (a horse) too much.
- Fox Hunting. to ride too closely behind (the hounds).
- a commission on sales or profits, especially one paid at the executive or managerial level.
- budgetary or expense increase; exceeding of an estimate: work stoppage because of cost overrides.
- an ability or allowance to correct, change, supplement, or suspend the operation of an otherwise automatic mechanism, system, etc.
- an auxiliary device for such modification, as a special manual control.
- an act of nullifying, canceling, or setting aside: a congressional override of the president's veto.
- Radio and Television Slang. something that is a dominant or major facet of a program or series, especially something that serves as a unifying theme: an entertainment series with a historical override.
Origin of override
Related Words for overridingparamount, main, predominant, ultimate, prevailing, prime, major, determining, compelling, ruling, cardinal, dominant, final, pivotal, primary, principal, supreme
Examples from the Web for overriding
Contemporary Examples of overriding
The overriding theme of the hundreds of interviews Newman had granted is his discretion.The Stacks: The Eyes of Winter: Paul Newman at 70
October 11, 2014
What adds a richness to the stories is the way you take relationships themselves as an overriding theme.Tony Earley's Imaginary Friends
September 2, 2014
Meanwhile, the Peace Corps maintains that it has an overriding obligation to protect the privacy of sexual assault victims.The Peace Corps' Awful Secret
August 16, 2014
More than anything, her overriding passion seemed to be posting endless photos of herself.The Black Widow of Silicon Valley
July 14, 2014
And these are two overriding drivers of health care costs, according to a 2007 McKinsey and Company study.Why Primary-Care Physicians Need a Minimum Wage
May 13, 2014
Historical Examples of overriding
Rather, conflict is an overriding feature of the human condition.The Civilization of Illiteracy
Man immediately proceeded to discover means of overriding the limit.Indian Home Rule
M. K. Gandhi
She was headstrong and accustomed to overriding opposition: to having her own way.Dominie Dean
Ellis Parker Butler
His triumph in his own efficiency was overriding his annoyance.The Professor's Mystery
Accordingly, there is thus produced an overriding of the pressures.Artistic Anatomy of Animals
- taking precedence
- to set aside or disregard with superior authority or power
- to supersede or annul
- to dominate or vanquish by or as if by trampling down
- to take manual control of (a system that is usually under automatic control)
- to extend or pass over, esp to overlap
- to ride (a horse) too hard
- to ride over or across
- a device or system that can override an automatic control
Word Origin and History for overriding
Old English oferridan "to ride across," from ofer "over" (see over) + ridan "to ride" (see ride (v.)). Originally literal, of cavalry, etc. Figurative meaning "to set aside arrogantly" is from 1827. The mechanical sense "to suspend automatic operation" is attested from 1946. As a noun in this sense from 1946. Related: Overrode; overriding; overridden.
- First in priority; more important than all others.
- Of or relating to a fracture in which the broken ends of the bone slip past each other and are held in the overlap position by contracted muscles.
- Of or relating to a fetal head that is palpable above the pubic symphysis because of the disproportion between the size of the fetal head and the size of the maternal pelvis.