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or pre-em·i·nent

[ pree-em-uh-nuhnt ]


  1. eminent above or before others; superior; surpassing:

    He is preeminent in his profession.

    Synonyms: supreme, peerless, distinguished

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  • pre·emi·nent·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of preeminent1

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin praeēminent- (stem of praeēminēns ), present participle of praeēminēre to project forward, be prominent. See pre-, eminent

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Example Sentences

A large study by the preeminent research review organization Cochrane concluded that industry-sponsored research was three times as likely as nonprofit-funded work to recommend the sponsor’s own drug.

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TikTok is caught in a clash between the world’s two preeminent powers.

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Meanwhile, the outgoing governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, speculated last year that a group of companies could back a new digital currency to challenge the dollar’s role as the preeminent reserve currency.

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Going into this season, the Southeastern Conference is still college football’s preeminent force, a machine that has led all conferences in attendance for more than two decades and last fiscal year brought in $721 million in revenue.

Roughly 15 years ago, in a seeming prank, a pair of smiley faces graced the cover of Nature, one of the world’s preeminent science journals.

Ahmet helped found Atlantic Records and establish it as the preeminent label of its day for “artists.”

Although few would have predicted it in 1992, Hillary has become the preeminent symbol of Democratic centrism.

As governor of South Carolina in the post-war years, Thurmond was the preeminent defender of Jim Crow.

He thought it would make people mad, and his preference was to be preeminent in news.

Mikovits submitted the paper to Science, a preeminent scientific journal, where it was peer reviewed.

The charm of style, the delicacy of touch, and felicity of phrase, are in both cases preeminent.

Cowes and "Cowes week" are preeminent annual events in society's periodical swing around the circle.

This form of tribute to humanity is preeminent in the books of the prophets.

After the 18th of March some such men turned up, and in some cases contrived to play preeminent parts.

The kings charters, the kings privileges, have been the only books; they are still books in a preeminent sense.


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More About Preeminent

What does preeminent mean?

Preeminent means extremely distinguished, outstanding, or superior to all (or the majority of) others.

The word eminent means high in station, rank, or reputation. Someone who is considered eminent is usually both well-known and well-respected, especially within a particular field. Preeminent means extremely eminent—famed and respected above all or most.

Eminent is often applied to scholars who are viewed as experts in their field, with preeminent being used to describe the most distinguished or respected ones—or perhaps one.

The state of being preeminent is preeminence.

Preeminent is sometimes spelled with a hyphen (pre-eminent), perhaps to make it easier to read.

Example: He is the preeminent professor of this topic and his expertise is world-renowned.

Where does preeminent come from?

The first records of the word preeminent come from the 1400s. It comes from the Latin verb praeēminēre, meaning “to project forward” or “to be prominent.” The base word, eminent, comes from the Latin verb ēminēre, meaning “to stand out.” In preeminent, the prefix pre- means “before in rank.”

People who are preeminent in their field come before all others in their expertise or authority on a topic. This is typically due to having accomplished many things and having earned the respect of their colleagues or the public during a lengthy career. Describing someone as preeminent usually means they are the top expert or one of only a few people at the top of the field.

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What are some other forms related to preeminent?

  • pre-eminent (alternate spelling with hyphen)
  • preeminently (adverb)
  • preeminence (noun)

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How is preeminent used in real life?

Preeminent is typically applied to experts who are at the very top of their field or area of study.


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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of preeminent?

A. foremost
B. outstanding
C. novice
D. premier