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paramount

adjective par·a·mount \ ˈper-ə-ˌmau̇nt , ˈpa-rə- \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of paramount

: superior to all others : supreme
  • a matter of paramount importance
  • Unemployment was the paramount issue in the election.

paramountcy

play \ˈper-ə-ˌmau̇n(t)-sē, ˈpa-rə-\ noun

paramountly

play \ˈper-ə-ˌmau̇nt-lē, ˈpa-rə-\ adverb

Examples of paramount in a Sentence

  1. the paramount goal is to restore the colonial-era house with complete historical accuracy

  2. maintaining the secrecy of the agreement is of paramount importance

Recent Examples of paramount from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of paramount

Anglo-French paramont, from par by (from Latin per) + amunt above, from a to (from Latin ad) + munt mountain — more at for, at, mount

Synonym Discussion of paramount

dominant, predominant, paramount, preponderant mean superior to all others in influence or importance. dominant applies to something that is uppermost because ruling or controlling.
    • a dominant social class
predominant applies to something that exerts, often temporarily, the most marked influence.
    • a predominant emotion
paramount implies supremacy in importance, rank, or jurisdiction.
    • unemployment was the paramount issue in the campaign
preponderant applies to an element or factor that outweighs all others in influence or effect.
    • preponderant evidence in her favor

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paramount

noun

Definition of paramount

: a supreme ruler

Recent Examples of paramount from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of paramount


Paramount

geographical name Par·a·mount \ ˈpa-rə-ˌmau̇nt \

Definition of Paramount

city in southwestern California north of Long Beach population 54,098

PARAMOUNT Defined for English Language Learners

paramount

adjective

Definition of paramount for English Language Learners

  • : very important : of highest rank or importance


PARAMOUNT Defined for Kids

paramount

adjective par·a·mount \ ˈper-ə-ˌmau̇nt \

Definition of paramount for Students

: highest in importance or greatness
  • The children's safety is paramount.


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