- 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.
Origin of primacy
Examples from the Web for primacy
And while abolition of the air force is unlikely, the factions that believe in the primacy of boots on the ground are influential.Why the U.S. Army Is Stuck in the 19th Century
September 2, 2014
When bourbon went corporate, tradition and quality had begun to play second fiddle to the primacy of profit.Hillbilly Heaven: The History of Small-Batch Bourbon
March 29, 2014
Now, its descendent organizations are dedicated to advancing the 20th-century throwback notion of the primacy of the nation-state.Can Ukraine Control Its Far Right Ultranationalists?
March 1, 2014
He informs us that, when listening to records, it is the beat he hears first, that it has primacy over the melody or lyrics.Heavy Mental Drummer: Questlove’s Almost Memoir
June 30, 2013
Over the past 40 years, technology has slowly eroded the business model and primacy of the NYSE.NYSE’s Sale to ICE: Sign of the Times
December 20, 2012
Athelard, who succeeded Jaenbert in 790, had the primacy restored to him.The Cathedral Church of Canterbury [2nd ed.].
The primacy of Ra is illustrated by the fact that Amon was identified with him.Introduction to the History of Religions
Crawford Howell Toy
Its primacy is not only one of time, but of importance also.Lessons of the war with Spain and other articles
Alfred T. Mahan
It was the price paid for its submission to the Primacy of Armagh.
But we are not told the exact date of his deposition from his primacy.Magic and Witchcraft
- 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
Word Origin and History for primacy
late 14c., from Old French primacie (14c., in Modern French spelled primatie) and directly from Medieval Latin primatia "office of a church primate" (late 12c.), from Late Latin primas (genitive primatis) "principal, chief, of the first rank" (see primate).