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preeminence

[pree-em-uh-nuh ns] /priˈɛm ə nəns/
noun
1.
the state or character of being preeminent.
Also, pre-eminence.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Late Latin praeēminentia. See preeminent, -ence
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Word Origin and History for pre-eminence
n.

also pre-eminence, c.1200, from Late Latin praeeminentia "distinction, superiority," from Latin praeeminentem (nominative praeeminens), present participle of praeeminere "transcend, excel," literally "project forward, rise above," from prae "before" (see pre-) + eminere "stand out, project" (see eminent).

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