hierarchical

[hahy-uh-rahr-ki-kuhl, hahy-rahr-]
adjective
of, belonging to, or characteristic of a hierarchy.
Also, hierarchic.


Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English. See hierarch, -ical

hierarchically, adverb
antihierarchic, adjective
antihierarchical, adjective
antihierarchically, adverb
nonhierarchic, adjective
nonhierarchical, adjective
nonhierarchically, adverb
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hierarchy (ˈhaɪəˌrɑːkɪ)
 
n , pl -chies
1.  a system of persons or things arranged in a graded order
2.  a body of persons in holy orders organized into graded ranks
3.  the collective body of those so organized
4.  a series of ordered groupings within a system, such as the arrangement of plants and animals into classes, orders, families, etc
5.  linguistics, maths ordering heterarchy Compare tree a formal structure, usually represented by a diagram of connected nodes, with a single uppermost element
6.  government by an organized priesthood
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin hierarchia, from Late Greek hierarkhia, from hierarkhēs high priest; see hiero-, -archy]
 
hier'archical
 
adj
 
hier'archic
 
adj
 
hier'archically
 
adv
 
'hierarchism
 
n

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Example sentences
Ranking journals involves hierarchically categorizing scholarly journals according to their perceived quality.
The shorelines are constructed entirely from hierarchically arranged closed polygons.
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