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[pree-em-uh-nuh nt] /priˈɛm ə nənt/
eminent above or before others; superior; surpassing:
He is preeminent in his profession.
Also, pre-eminent.
Origin of preeminent
late Middle English
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
distinguished, peerless, supreme. See dominant. Unabridged
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  • She is preeminently the poet among the novelists of the century.
  • Cognitive-cultural systems of production and work come to ground preeminently in large city regions.
  • Indeed many of our people regard the state as preeminently a residential community.
  • This, of course, is preeminently the duty of local law enforcement.
  • Clearly, the first of these is preeminently important in terms of environmental protection.

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