- chief in importance or impact; supreme; preeminent: a point of paramount significance.
- above others in rank or authority; superior in power or jurisdiction.
- a supreme ruler; overlord.
Origin of paramount
1. See dominant.
Antonyms for paramount
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Historical Examples of paramountly
- of the greatest importance or significance; pre-eminent
- rare a supreme ruler
Word Origin for paramount
C16: via Anglo-Norman from Old French paramont, from par by + -amont above, from Latin ad montem to the mountain
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