over·​rid·​ing | \ ˌō-vər-ˈrī-diŋ How to pronounce overriding (audio) , ˌō-və- \

Definition of overriding

: chief, principal an overriding concern

Examples of overriding in a Sentence

We have one overriding concern. The weather is the overriding factor in deciding whether to cancel the picnic.
Recent Examples on the Web But in the end, there is an overriding reason that the LIV golfers may feel more at ease, and more collaborative: Each player, in a sense, is guaranteed to be a winner. New York Times, 29 July 2022 For months, the overriding message from Ukrainians and their Eastern European brethren has been simple: Give Ukraine weapons, and if in doubt, give Ukraine more weapons. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 The overriding goal of the changes was to modernize procedures and practices that better align the franchise with league roster-building trends. oregonlive, 29 June 2022 But the overriding theme of the Biden era is fear, which is what happens to societies when something as fundamental as the value of the currency is allowed to deteriorate. James Freeman, WSJ, 19 May 2022 Even as officials speak of exiting strict pandemic protocols that have isolated Hong Kong for years and of a need to reinvigorate it as an international business center, the overriding priority will be that of law and order. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 25 May 2022 There are moments of disappointment and frustration, but the overriding emotion is always one of conviction. Taylor Dutch, SELF, 28 Apr. 2022 The overriding question heading into the offseason involves Popovich’s future on the bench. San Antonio Express-News, 14 Apr. 2022 The overriding impression was of a man divided behind his unflinching gaze. New York Times, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of overriding

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Overriding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overriding. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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