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precedence

[pres-i-duh ns, pri-seed-ns] /ˈprɛs ɪ dəns, prɪˈsid ns/
noun
1.
act or fact of preceding.
2.
the right to precede in order, rank, or importance; priority.
3.
the fact of preceding in time; antedating.
4.
the right to precede others in ceremonies or social formalities.
5.
the order to be observed in ceremonies by persons of different ranks, as by diplomatic protocol.
Origin of precedence
1475-1485
1475-85; preced(ent) + -ence
Can be confused
precedence, precedents, presidents.
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precedence

/ˈprɛsɪdəns/
noun
1.
the act of preceding or the condition of being precedent
2.
the ceremonial order or priority to be observed by persons of different stations on formal occasions: the officers are seated according to precedence
3.
a right to preferential treatment: I take precedence over you
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Word Origin and History for precedence
n.

late 15c., "a being a precedent," from precedent (n.) + -ence. Meaning "fact of preceding another, right of preceding another" is from c.1600.

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precedence in Technology

operator precedence
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