[ oh-ver-rahy-ding ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈraɪ dɪŋ /


taking precedence over all other considerations.

Origin of overriding

First recorded in 1820–30; override + -ing2

Definition for overriding (2 of 2)

[ verb oh-ver-rahyd; noun oh-ver-rahyd ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈraɪd; noun ˈoʊ vərˌraɪd /

verb (used with object), o·ver·rode, o·ver·rid·den, o·ver·rid·ing.


Origin of override

before 900; Middle English overriden to ride over or across, Old English oferrīdan. See over-, ride
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British Dictionary definitions for overriding (1 of 2)

/ (ˌəʊvəˈraɪdɪŋ) /


taking precedence

British Dictionary definitions for overriding (2 of 2)

/ (ˌəʊvəˈraɪd) /

verb -rides, -riding, -rode or -ridden (tr)


a device or system that can override an automatic control
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Medical definitions for overriding

[ ō′vər-rīdĭng ]


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.
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