hi·​er·​ar·​chi·​cal | \ ˌhī-(ə-)ˈrär-ki-kəl How to pronounce hierarchical (audio) also hir-ˈär- \
variants: or hierarchic \ ˌhī-​(ə-​)ˈrär-​kik How to pronounce hierarchic (audio) also  hir-​ˈär-​ \

Definition of hierarchical

: of, relating to, or arranged in a hierarchy a hierarchical society a hierarchical order in the church

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hierarchically \ ˌhī-​(ə-​)ˈrär-​ki-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hierarchically (audio) also  hir-​ˈär-​ \ adverb

Examples of hierarchical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The LDS Church is structured around patriarchal and hierarchical authority. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Jana Riess: How do Latter-day Saints deal with conflict and faith crises? Avoidance doesn’t work, expert says.," 26 Nov. 2020 The Queen embodied privilege and notions of hierarchical responsibility that, in a decade defined by capitalist excess, were quickly becoming old hat. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "When Wives Ran the World," 20 Nov. 2020 But the group has also been portrayed by some former members, and in books, blogs and news reports as hierarchical, authoritarian and controlling, where men dominate their wives, leaders dictate members' life choices and those who leave are shunned. Michael Biesecker And Michelle R. Smith, Star Tribune, "Barrett tied to faith group ex-members say subjugates women," 28 Sep. 2020 Based on principles handed down from Mr. Gore’s parents, the company has an unusual, non-hierarchical corporate structure. Washington Post, "Robert W. Gore, company president and inventor of Gore-Tex, dies at 83," 20 Sep. 2020 Female hierarchies tend to be fairly stable, but males are forever scrabbling to move higher on the hierarchical ladder. Laura Erickson, Popular Science, "Three love stories about birds that will delight your heart," 6 Nov. 2020 The diminutive infantilizes Blackness, and conditions social acceptance with the imposition of a hierarchical paternalism. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Latina professors discuss use of ‘negrito’ and ‘negrita’ in Latin culture, after J.Lo controversy," 1 Nov. 2020 Pressure was high to innovate its traditionally strong hardware business, to reform a stifling hierarchical culture and to improve its corporate governance and transparency. Kim Tong-hyung And Hyung-jin Kim, USA TODAY, "Lee Kun-Hee, Samsung Electronics chairman, dies at 78," 25 Oct. 2020 Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick on Sunday sought to assuage concerns that the government was being overly hierarchical in its approach. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, "England to have 3-tier lockdown system amid 'tipping point'," 11 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of hierarchical

1561, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hierarchical

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“Hierarchical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hierarchical. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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