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

Definition of overriding

: chief, principal an overriding concern

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Examples of overriding in a Sentence

We have one overriding concern. The weather is the overriding factor in deciding whether to cancel the picnic.

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The overriding issue for us today is, will her testimony match up with his testimony? Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Lisa Page 'cooperative,' 'credible,' lawmakers say after 5-hour closed-door session," 14 July 2018 In the rest of the country, the Fourth Amendment would prevent law enforcement from doing this, but at the border, there is a strong overriding exception to the amendment's normal protections. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Cops told suspect he had to open iPhone X with his face, so he did," 2 Oct. 2018 No matter the number of pleas, well-wishes or statements; the overriding feeling of mistrust and disconnect from those who have regularly grimed and bared the both depleted and defeated Stadium of Light cannot be repaired. SI.com, "FanView: Ellis Short's Reign Overview - Better the Devil You Know Than the Devil You Don't?," 30 Apr. 2018 Despite its high-minded name, the fund’s overriding objective is to achieve the biggest return on its portfolio companies. Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg.com, "Impress the Algorithm. Get $250,000," 1 May 2018 Venerato also explained the reasoning behind Sarri's disgruntlement at Napoli, with De Laurentiis's penchant for airing dirty laundry believed to be the overriding factor. SI.com, "'Sarri Will Look to End Things' Expert Claims Napoli Boss Will Almost Certainly Seek Summer Exit," 8 May 2018 Still, an overriding influence for Mr. Cantú was his own mother, a former park ranger in the Guadalupe Mountains near El Paso. Simon Romero, New York Times, "Border Patrol Memoir Ignites Dispute: Whose Voices Should Be Heard From the Frontier?," 19 May 2018 The other overriding theme of the news conference was redemption for Evans, who lost his job at Georgia days after being charged in Atlanta with drunken driving. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Once hesitant to get back in the business, Evans gets second chance as athletic director at Maryland," 27 June 2018 Still, the overriding message of the ruling was that decisions on admission and exclusion of noncitizens were, first and foremost, matters for the executive and not the judiciary. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Travel ban: Ruling a big win for Trump and presidential power," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of overriding

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overriding was in 1830

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English Language Learners Definition of overriding

: more important than anything else

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having a desire to acquire more things

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