eminent above or before others; superior; surpassing: He is preeminent in his profession.
Also, pre-eminent.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin praeēminent- (stem of praeēminēns), present participle of praeēminēre to project forward, be prominent. See pre-, eminent

preeminently, adverb

distinguished, peerless, supreme. See dominant. Unabridged
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  of the world's preeminent explorers and scientists.
This book is highly recommended for readers who want to get to know one of the
  preeminent scientists of the 20th century.
Natural gas will become the preeminent fuel of the 21st century, according to
  widespread expectation.
He is widely regarded as one of the world's preeminent conservation biologists.
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