preeminence

[pree-em-uh-nuhns]
noun
the state or character of being preeminent.
Also, pre-eminence.


Origin:
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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