precedence - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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/ˈpresɪdəns/
  1. a more important position or status than something or someone else, or the right to a more important position or status

    Quarrels over precedence were inevitable.

    have/take precedence:

    Safety should take precedence over all other matters in the workplace.

    1. a.
      the status or importance of someone or something compared to other people or things
      in order of precedence:

      They were received by the king in order of precedence.