have/take precedence over


somewhat formal
: to be more important (than something else)
When it comes to making health care decisions, the patient's preference should take precedence.
often + over
The safety of the children has/takes precedence over everything else.

Examples of have/take precedence over in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In many instances, the size of the book shelf and available space will take precedence over the number of shelves when deciding what’s best for you. Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Nov. 2023 All these take precedence over the hypothetical notion of AI ending humanity, the California Republican says. Julian Mark, Washington Post, 17 May 2023 While most back-to-work scenarios are more cut-and-dried — the studio film will take precedence over the passion-project indie — other situations are more nebulous. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Sep. 2023 In life, feelings sometimes take precedence over facts, practicalities, etc. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 1 Sep. 2023 But the title wasn’t enough to take precedence over his talent, and his plans to stay behind the scenes quickly changed. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2022 Deregulation would take precedence over further tax cuts. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 10 June 2023 Still, as pointed out by Aakeson, a sense of loyalty would sometimes take precedence over helping out a person in need. Marta Balaga, Variety, 19 Apr. 2023 Should a missing tourism vessel for the ultra-wealthy take precedence over other consequential stories happening around the world? Oliver Darcy, CNN, 21 June 2023 See More

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