chain of command

noun phrase

Definition of chain of command

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

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1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Chain of command.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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: a series of positions of authority or rank within an organization that are ordered from lowest to highest

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