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.