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[hahy-uh-rahr-ki-kuh l, hahy-rahr-] /ˌhaɪ əˈrɑr kɪ kəl, haɪˈrɑr-/
of, belonging to, or characteristic of a hierarchy.
Also, hierarchic.
Origin of hierarchical
1425-75; late Middle English. See hierarch, -ical
Related forms
hierarchically, adverb
antihierarchic, adjective
antihierarchical, adjective
antihierarchically, adverb
nonhierarchic, adjective
nonhierarchical, adjective
nonhierarchically, adverb Unabridged
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  • So people who have to work together in a hierarchical structure end up deceiving and manipulating each other.
  • Scotch sales tend to be high in hierarchical societies.
  • hierarchical in all things, hyena etiquette usually requires the submissive animal to initiate the greeting.
  • During this time, the researchers were able to recognize a hierarchical structure amongst the families that persisted.
  • They differ from each other profoundly, but not in ways that lend themselves to such hierarchical judgments.
  • Spotted hyenas, also known somewhat disparagingly as laughing hyenas, live in a hierarchical social structure.
  • Gray wolves, the largest canines, are known for their hierarchical social structure and iconic howl.
  • Reading through a series of hierarchical menus and pushing buttons for multiple purposes would be new concepts for such customers.
  • It can also be configured to hide the file system's confusing hierarchical structure from novices.
  • Obedience is given to those who, in their hierarchical roles, demand it.
Word Origin and History for hierarchical

1560s, from hierarchic + -al (1). Related: Hierarchically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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