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[pres-i-duh ns, pri-seed-ns] /ˈprɛs ɪ dəns, prɪˈsid ns/
act or fact of preceding.
the right to precede in order, rank, or importance; priority.
the fact of preceding in time; antedating.
the right to precede others in ceremonies or social formalities.
the order to be observed in ceremonies by persons of different ranks, as by diplomatic protocol.
Origin of precedence
1475-85; preced(ent) + -ence
Can be confused
precedence, precedents, presidents. Unabridged
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  • Apply the contract-type order of precedence carefully.
  • If you don't have a designation on file, then the funds will be distributed according to the order of precedence.
  • However, if you are happy with the order of precedence, you don't have to do anything.
  • precedence shall be the order of date of acceptance, except when two or more decorations from the same agency are worn.
  • For Keynes, surprisingly, philosophy took precedence over economics.
  • They worry that some rights will take precedence over others.
  • Current experience takes precedence over history.
  • By implication then, basic human rights must take precedence.
  • The realizable ideal takes precedence over the one always out of reach.
  • Priority would be given to cargo flights taking precedence over passenger and charter flights.
British Dictionary definitions for precedence


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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precedence in Technology

operator precedence
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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