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hierarchical

[hahy-uh-rahr-ki-kuh l, hahy-rahr-] /ˌhaɪ əˈrɑr kɪ kəl, haɪˈrɑr-/
adjective
1.
of, belonging to, or characteristic of a hierarchy.
Also, hierarchic.
Origin
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English. See hierarch, -ical
Related forms
hierarchically, adverb
antihierarchic, adjective
antihierarchical, adjective
antihierarchically, adverb
nonhierarchic, adjective
nonhierarchical, adjective
nonhierarchically, adverb
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Examples from the web for hierarchically
  • Ranking journals involves hierarchically categorizing scholarly journals according to their perceived quality.
  • The shorelines are constructed entirely from hierarchically arranged closed polygons.
Word Origin and History for hierarchically

hierarchical

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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