overriding

adjective
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Public companies have long had a single, overriding objective: maximize shareholder value. Rebecca Baldridge, Robb Report, 14 June 2021 National security adviser Jake Sullivan said Biden's overriding objective at NATO would be sending a clear message to both allies and adversaries that the U.S. regards NATO as the foundation for U.S. security. Brooke Singman, Fox News, 14 June 2021 Antagonizing Trump and dividing the conference, internally and from its core voting base, are incompatible with that overriding objective. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, 30 Apr. 2021 But in an unusual joint statement, top U.S. government health officials, medical organizations, laboratory and hospital associations and others stressed the overriding benefit of the vaccines. Mike Stobbe, Star Tribune, 23 June 2021 But in an unusual joint statement, top U.S. government health officials, medical organizations, laboratory and hospital associations and others stressed the overriding benefit of the vaccines. Mike Stobbe, chicagotribune.com, 23 June 2021 The sidewalks have no out-of-place bricks, and there is an overriding sense of precision. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, 12 June 2021 And they’re drowned out by the overriding agenda of the network. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 9 June 2021 The overriding goal is to reduce the sale of single-use plastics. Washington Post, 8 June 2021

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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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15 Jul 2021

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“Overriding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overriding. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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overriding

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of overriding

: more important than anything else

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