chain of command

noun phrase

: a series of executive positions in order of authority
a military chain of command

Examples of chain of command in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Killing senior leaders has at times disrupted the chain of command, leading to an increase in freewheeling, undisciplined groups willing to strike without the consent of the PMF leadership or its Iranian allies. Renad Mansour, Foreign Affairs, 26 Mar. 2024 From offices in minor cities, censors answer to a vast chain of command leading up to the central authorities in Beijing. Chang Che, The New Yorker, 26 Mar. 2024 But the steady drip of alarming news about the health of the defense secretary, second in the chain of command to the president, has eroded faith in the military, the senior Pentagon official said. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2024 The county lacked a clear chain of command, resulting in some county departments duplicating efforts, with other staff working triple their normal workload, according to the report. Ciara McCarthy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 28 Feb. 2024 Naturally, employees up and down the chain of command are feeling that fear—nearly 4 in 5 (78%) of the workers Ringover surveyed in December 2023 admitted to worrying about potential RTO mandates in their workplace. Jane Thier, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 The chain of command, and lines of communication, will be different from project to project. Bob Verini, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 Zelenskyy ended up firing the military chief, risking political backlash and underscoring that not all is well in the top chain of command. Tara Sonenshine, The Conversation, 26 Feb. 2024 In Unit 8200, Israel’s equivalent of the U.S. National Security Agency, even rookies are free to contact senior officers regardless of the chain of command. Shashank Joshi, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chain of command was in 1825

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“Chain of command.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chain%20of%20command. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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