the state of being senior; priority of birth; superior age.
priority, precedence, or status obtained as the result of a person's length of service, as in a profession, trade, company, or union: First choice of vacation time will be given to employees with seniority.
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How to use seniority in a sentence
A leadership vacuum will become a real risk, and there are no obvious candidates with the seniority and stature of Sanders.Crystal Ball 2021: Predictions for the economy, politics, technology, and more | lbelanger225 | December 1, 2020 | Fortune
Far fewer women than men are promoted in the finance industry unless they first ask for seniority, a sign of institutional gender bias, according to a new study in Australia.Women in finance have to ask for promotions. Men don’t | ehinchliffe | November 22, 2020 | Fortune
It also requires that hotels hire back based on seniority and if they don’t, that they provide a written explanation.Morning Report: A Questionable Stat That’s Guiding Reopening | Voice of San Diego | September 9, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Despite their seniority when they were laid off, they have not been offered a chance to return, even as some employees have been called back as visitor numbers have started to rebound.City to Weigh Measure Giving Laid-Off Hotel Workers First Shot at Open Jobs | Maya Srikrishnan | September 8, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
When I heard they were doing layoffs, I thought I would be OK because I have the most seniority in my department.City to Weigh Measure Giving Laid-Off Hotel Workers First Shot at Open Jobs | Maya Srikrishnan | September 8, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
As long as seniority reigns among teachers,” Klein writes, “we will fail.
The culture of promotion through seniority kills creativity and effectiveness.
Charter schools, rejecting the tenet of promotion through seniority, promised to do better.
Vogel spins a story of a political culture becoming slowly unbound by previous constraints like party loyalty or seniority.
The best we mere doctors usually hope for is time with aides of varying seniority.
When a candidate passes, he is appointed assistant-engineer by the Ministry, and he rises in his profession solely by seniority.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
The Drapers assembled beneath, and proceeded to make their purchases in order of seniority, according to ancient usage.The Influence and Development of English Gilds | Francis Aiden Hibbert
Still, I would harden my heart to it now—to-night—were not my hands tied by Mahon's seniority.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2 | Ian Hamilton
"He's not as susceptible as he looks," Rose pronounced from her vantage-point of seniority.Quin | Alice Hegan Rice
When a father dies intestate, his property is equally divided among his children, without respect to sex or seniority.
British Dictionary definitions for seniority
the state of being senior
precedence in rank, etc, due to senior status
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Cultural definitions for seniority
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