seniority

[seen-yawr-i-tee, -yor-]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin seniōritās, equivalent to Latin senior senior + -itās -ity

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seniority (ˌsiːnɪˈɒrɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the state of being senior
2.  precedence in rank, etc, due to senior status

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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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Example sentences
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.
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