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  1. eminent above or before others; superior; surpassing: He is preeminent in his profession.
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Origin of preeminent

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin praeēminent- (stem of praeēminēns), present participle of praeēminēre to project forward, be prominent. See pre-, eminent
Related formspre·em·i·nent·ly, adverb


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  • This meekness of wisdom Elder Knowles preeminently possessed.

    Gathering Jewels

    James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles

  • And this is preeminently the case when the motion is downwards.

  • He had long been preeminently distinguished as a negotiator.

  • All men appear to agree that marriage is preeminently woman's "sphere."

  • As the dramatist is preeminently a painter of manners, many of his portraits are masterly.


    James Huneker