precedence

[ pres-i-duh ns, pri-seed-ns ]
/ ˈprɛs ɪ dəns, prɪˈsid ns /

noun

act or fact of preceding.
the right to precede in order, rank, or importance; priority.
the fact of preceding in time; antedating.
the right to precede others in ceremonies or social formalities.
the order to be observed in ceremonies by persons of different ranks, as by diplomatic protocol.

Nearby words

  1. precautionary,
  2. precautionary principle,
  3. precautious,
  4. precava,
  5. precede,
  6. precedency,
  7. precedent,
  8. precedented,
  9. precedential,
  10. preceding

Origin of precedence

First recorded in 1475–85; preced(ent) + -ence

Can be confusedprecedence precedents presidents

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British Dictionary definitions for precedence

precedence

precedency

/ (ˈprɛsɪdəns) /

noun

the act of preceding or the condition of being precedent
the ceremonial order or priority to be observed by persons of different stations on formal occasionsthe officers are seated according to precedence
a right to preferential treatmentI take precedence over you
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Word Origin and History for precedence

precedence

n.

late 15c., "a being a precedent," from precedent (n.) + -ence. Meaning "fact of preceding another, right of preceding another" is from c.1600.

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