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seniority

[seen-yawr-i-tee, -yor-] /sinˈyɔr ɪ ti, -ˈyɒr-/
noun, plural seniorities for 2.
1.
the state of being senior; priority of birth; superior age.
2.
priority, precedence, or status obtained as the result of a person's length of service, as in a profession, trade, company, or union:
First choice of vacation time will be given to employees with seniority.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin seniōritās, equivalent to Latin senior senior + -itās -ity
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Examples from the web for seniority
  • The lower rank seniority thereafter includes service in the higher rank.
  • Basic seniority shall be defined as years of service in the bargaining unit.
  • The seniority of officers shall be determined by length of time in grade.
  • seniority is calculated based upon continuous service.
  • Administrators and faculty members would prefer to see the salaries spread out to account for seniority, merit, or market value.
  • Now he used his seniority to urge the junior co-pilot to cede the right seat ahead of the scheduled crew change.
  • Younger teachers are usually the first to be let go, even though seniority does not necessarily ensure quality.
  • Emerging-world businesses have traditionally been obsessed with seniority.
  • More shocking is the breadth of companies and the seniority of the individuals involved.
  • He disdains corporate politics and promotes people based on merit rather than seniority.
British Dictionary definitions for seniority

seniority

/ˌsiːnɪˈɒrɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state of being senior
2.
precedence in rank, etc, due to senior status
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Word Origin and History for seniority
n.

"priority on office or service," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin senioritas, from Latin senior (see senior (adj.)). Meaning "state or quality of being senior" is from 1530s.

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seniority in Culture

seniority definition


Length of service on a job. Seniority may be considered in making decisions about wages, layoffs, and other working conditions.

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