pre-eminence

preeminence

[pree-em-uh-nuhns]
noun
the state or character of being preeminent.
Also, pre-eminence.


Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English < Late Latin praeēminentia. See preeminent, -ence

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pre-eminent (prɪˈɛmɪnənt)
 
adj
extremely eminent or distinguished; outstanding
 
pre-'eminence
 
n
 
pre-'eminently
 
adv

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pre-eminence
early 13c., also pre-eminence, from L.L. praeminentia "distinction, superiority" (5c.), from L. praeeminens, prp. of praeeminere "project forward, rise above, excel," from prae- "before" + eminere "stand out, project" (see eminent).
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