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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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  • Indeed, the strenuous effort to hold on to preeminence usually hastens an even steeper decline than would have happened otherwise.

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