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precedence   WordNet 2.0

- the act of preceding in time or order or rank (as in a ceremony)

 
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- preceding in time

 
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- status established in order of importance or urgency
"...its precedence as the world''s leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals"
"national independence takes priority over class struggle"

 
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Precedence   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. The act or state of preceding or going before in order of time; priority; as, one event has precedence of another.

2. The act or state of going or being before in rank or dignity, or the place of honor; right to a more honorable place; superior rank; as, barons have precedence of commoners.

"Which of them [the different desires] has the precedency in determining the will to the next action?" -- Locke.

Syn. -- Antecedence; priority; preëminence; preference; superiority.

 
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