pre eminent

preeminent

[pree-em-uh-nuhnt]
adjective
eminent above or before others; superior; surpassing: He is preeminent in his profession.
Also, pre-eminent.


Origin:
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.
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