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preeminent

[pree-em-uh-nuh nt] /priˈɛm ə nənt/
adjective
1.
eminent above or before others; superior; surpassing:
He is preeminent in his profession.
Also, pre-eminent.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin praeēminent- (stem of praeēminēns), present participle of praeēminēre to project forward, be prominent. See pre-, eminent
Related forms
preeminently, adverb
Synonyms
distinguished, peerless, supreme. See dominant.
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  • The Program highlights and enhances our long-standing relationships with some of the world's preeminent explorers and scientists.
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  • 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.
  • Climate change is the preeminent geopolitical issue of our time.
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  • Classic retellings of ancient myth for younger readers by a preeminent poet and illustrator.
  • Genuine democracy and peaceful co-existence flourish when truth is preeminent and respected and known.
  • Readjusting to being only one of the great powers within Europe and not the preeminent power.
  • Paris haute couture has remained preeminent in setting fashions for women's dress.

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