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preeminent

[pree-em-uh-nuh nt] /priˈɛm ə nənt/
adjective
1.
eminent above or before others; superior; surpassing:
He is preeminent in his profession.
Also, pre-eminent.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin praeēminent- (stem of praeēminēns), present participle of praeēminēre to project forward, be prominent. See pre-, eminent
Related forms
preeminently, adverb
Synonyms
distinguished, peerless, supreme. See dominant.
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-eminent

pre-eminent

/prɪˈɛmɪnənt/
adjective
1.
extremely eminent or distinguished; outstanding
Derived Forms
pre-eminence, noun
pre-eminently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pre-eminent
adj.

also preeminent, mid-15c., from Medieval Latin preeminentem, from Latin praeeminentem (nominative praeeminens), present participle of praeeminare "to transcend, excel," literally "to project forward, rise above" (see pre-eminence). Related: Pre-eminently; preeminently.

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