pre eminent


eminent above or before others; superior; surpassing: He is preeminent in his profession.
Also, pre-eminent.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin praeēminent- (stem of praeēminēns), present participle of praeēminēre to project forward, be prominent. See pre-, eminent

preeminently, adverb

distinguished, peerless, supreme. See dominant. Unabridged
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