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[ prahy-muh-see ]


, plural pri·ma·cies
  1. the state of being first in order, rank, importance, etc.
  2. Also called primateship. English Ecclesiastics. the office, rank, or dignity of a primate.
  3. Roman Catholic Church. the jurisdiction of a bishop, as a patriarch, over other bishoprics, or the supreme jurisdiction of the pope as supreme bishop.


/ ˈpraɪməsɪ /


  1. the state of being first in rank, grade, etc
  2. Christianity the office, rank, or jurisdiction of a primate or senior bishop or (in the Roman Catholic Church) the pope

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Word History and Origins

Origin of primacy1

1350–1400; Middle English primacie < Medieval Latin prīmātia, alteration of Latin prīmātus ( prīm ( us ) prime + -ātus -ate 3 ); -y 3

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Example Sentences

For an industry that for a century was built on the primacy of movie theaters, the news was earth-shattering.

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Because of the digital revolution, television advertising has lost some of its primacy.

Henderson says she believes there is a class of actions that benefit both the shareholders and stakeholders that have been overlooked owing to years of shareholder primacy.

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A series of breakthrough experiments on the visual cortex of the cat, by Torsten Wiesel and David Hubel, cemented the explanatory primacy of a mapping approach to brain function in sensory systems.

Both sides can point to some eye-popping statistics in America, the country which is perhaps ground-zero for shareholder primacy.

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And while abolition of the air force is unlikely, the factions that believe in the primacy of boots on the ground are influential.

When bourbon went corporate, tradition and quality had begun to play second fiddle to the primacy of profit.

Now, its descendent organizations are dedicated to advancing the 20th-century throwback notion of the primacy of the nation-state.

McMahon attributes a relative decline in the cultural primacy of genius to two broad forces.

He informs us that, when listening to records, it is the beat he hears first, that it has primacy over the melody or lyrics.

He was a learned man, author of several literary productions, and was offered the primacy, which he declined.

Athelard, who succeeded Jaenbert in 790, had the primacy restored to him.

In the centuries that lie before us, the primacy of the world will lie with the English People.

The factors that strengthen these tendencies or connections are the frequency, recency, primacy, and vividness of experience.

Went to M. des Billiers: he attacked me again on the primacy of jurisdiction.


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