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

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Job ladders do not work as well in less-hierarchical low-wage industries such as restaurants and retail. BostonGlobe.com, "An MIT economist on how to turn bad jobs into good ones - The Boston Globe," 12 Nov. 2019 For those of us who believe in democracy, this is an unsettlingly hierarchical view of society. Doug Henwood, Harper's magazine, "To Serve Is to Rule," 28 Oct. 2019 In the meantime the children strike, eschewing hierarchical models of power and control in favor of consensus. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "The World According to Greta," 22 Oct. 2019 While the old ways of governing were closed, hierarchical, bureaucratic and, too often, driven by ideology, this new way of governing is open, collaborative, interactive and fundamentally entrepreneurial. Martin O'malley, Time, "The Federal Government Has Lost Our Trust. It Could Learn Something From Our Cities," 18 Oct. 2019 That’s been a mission of mine since coming in the door to flatten that hierarchical leadership structure and really empower other people to be a part of the leadership movement that certainly has occurred over the past six years. John Benson, cleveland, "Fairview Park Superintendent Wagner receives state of Ohio leadership award," 17 Oct. 2019 Hewlett-Packard’s corporate culture served as a prototype for the later ideal of the Silicon Valley firm: putatively non-hierarchical and idealistic, giving out stock to employees to encourage their loyalty, and certainly not tolerating unions. Kim Phillips-fein, The New Republic, "The Failed Political Promise of Silicon Valley," 27 Sep. 2019 And in ordinary parishes elsewhere, matters are not quite as dire as the hierarchical battles would suggest, as a recent incident in a small European town shows. The Economist, "Taking sides in the Orthodox Church’s battles over Russia and Ukraine," 9 Sep. 2019 Education must become less hierarchical and less meritocratic; and the top schools must become less elite. Daniel Markovits, Time, "American Universities Must Choose: Do they Want to be Equal or Elite?," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hierarchical

1561, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hierarchical

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