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primacy

[ prahy-muh-see ]
/ ˈpraɪ mə si /
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noun, plural pri·ma·cies for 2, 3.
the state of being first in order, rank, importance, etc.
Also called primateship. English Ecclesiastics. the office, rank, or dignity of a primate.
Roman Catholic Church. the jurisdiction of a bishop, as a patriarch, over other bishoprics, or the supreme jurisdiction of the pope as supreme bishop.
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Origin of primacy

1350–1400; Middle English primacie<Medieval Latin prīmātia, alteration of Latin prīmātus (prīm(us) prime + -ātus-ate3); see -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for primacy

primacy
/ (ˈpraɪməsɪ) /

noun plural -cies
the state of being first in rank, grade, etc
Christianity the office, rank, or jurisdiction of a primate or senior bishop or (in the Roman Catholic Church) the pope
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