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Status established in order of importance or urgency.  Synonyms: precedence, priority.  "National independence takes priority over class struggle"
Preceding in time.  Synonyms: antecedence, antecedency, anteriority, precedence, priority.
The act of preceding in time or order or rank (as in a ceremony).  Synonyms: precedence, precession.

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"Precedency" Quotes from Famous Books

... that manly exercises, manners and courtesy, music and singing, knowledge of the order of precedency of ranks, and ability to carve, were in early times more important than Latin and Philosophy. 'Aylmar e kyng' gives these directions to Athelbrus, his ...
— Early English Meals and Manners • Various

... himself the Messiah, the people would have made him a king by force! Even the apostles frequently grossly failed to appreciate his spirit and aims, wrenched unwarrantable inferences from his words, and quarrelled for the precedency in his coming kingdom and for seats at his right hand. In numerous cases it is glaringly plain that his ideas were far from their conceptions of them. We have no doubt the same was true in many other instances where it is not so clear. He repeatedly ...
— The Destiny of the Soul - A Critical History of the Doctrine of a Future Life • William Rounseville Alger

... or office have in all places precedency, but whilst they are young, they ought to respect those that are their equals in birth or other qualities, though they have ...
— Our Deportment - Or the Manners, Conduct and Dress of the Most Refined Society • John H. Young

... declaimer on the table was that famous soldier; and I was still looking at him in wonder—for I had been accustomed all my life to associate courage with modesty—when, the door of the chamber suddenly opening, a general movement in that direction took place. Crillon, disregarding all precedency, sprang from his table and hurried first to the threshold. The Baron de Biron, on the other hand—for the gentleman by the fire was no other—waited, in apparent ignorance of the slight which was being put upon him, until M. de Rambouillet came up; then he went forward with him. ...
— A Gentleman of France • Stanley Weyman

... societies represents, of course, the tendency of the upper stratum of the industrial classes. In their own eyes they naturally represented the progressive element of society. They were Whigs—for 'radicalism' was not yet invented—but Whigs of the left wing; accepting the aristocratic precedency, but looking askance at the aristocratic prejudices. They were rationalists, too, in principle, but again within limits: openly avowing the doctrines which in the Established church had still to be sheltered by ostensible conformity to the traditional dogmas. ...
— The English Utilitarians, Volume I. • Leslie Stephen

... continued Lothair; "and both the county members and their wives; and Mrs. High-Sheriff too. I believe there is some tremendous question respecting the precedency of this lady. There is no doubt that, in the county, the high-sheriff takes precedence of every one, even of the lord-lieutenant; but how about his wife? Perhaps your grace could aid me? Mr. Putney Giles said he would write about it ...
— Lothair • Benjamin Disraeli

... "there are several cities which affect the character of guardians and protectors." Auger confounds this sentence with the next: "il s' eleve de tous cotes plusieurs puissances qui aspirent toutes a la primaute."] springing up in every quarter, and all claim the precedency, though some indeed have abandoned the cause, or envy and distrust each other—more shame for them—and every state is isolated, Argives, Thebans, Lacedaemonians, Corinthians, Arcadians, and ourselves. ...
— The Olynthiacs and the Phillippics of Demosthenes • Demosthenes

Words linked to "Precedency" :   activity, earliness, precedent, posteriority, front burner, precede, high status, back burner

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