Examples of precedence in a Sentence
- Americans, Adams now believed, were as driven by the passions for wealth and precedence as any people in history. Ambition, avarice, and resentment, not virtue and benevolence, were the stuff of American society. —Gordon S. Wood, Revolutionary Characters, 2006
- So, too, did most accept that all economies are characterized by struggles for power and precedence among men and institutions run by men; in other words, that all economies are fundamentally political in nature. —Barry C. Lynn, Harper's, July 2006
- Jefferson abolished precedence and placement at White House dinners to emphasize that all guests were equal, but his system—he called it "pell-mell"—was abandoned, and we have guests of honor and use place cards today. —Naomi Bliven, New York Times Book Review, 12 Sept. 1999
his merchandise order takes precedence because we received it first
Recent Examples of precedence from the Web
The law only applied to Louisville and Jefferson County, something that the state constitution does not allow, the judge wrote while citing Kentucky Supreme Court precedence.
Privacy and individual autonomy suddenly took precedence over health and safety.
In all cases where religious law is brought to bear in secular courts, U.S. civil law takes precedence by default.
When Putin’s anxieties bump up against the democratic self-determination of Russia’s neighbors — including Ukraine — then for the United States, democracy can and should take precedence.
Donald Trump Is Counting on the Nunes Memo to Make Mueller's Russia Investigation Go Away John Moore/Getty Images The president's survival instinct takes precedence over everything else.
The Library Board drafted language that gives library programming precedence for use of the rooms.
Most Americans understand that: according to a September 2015 ABC News/Washington Post poll, nearly 75% of people believe that treating everyone equally under the law takes precedence over an individual’s religious beliefs.
The league's media department said it was taken down because it was posted by mistake and that Chernyshenko's comments took precedence.
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PRECEDENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of precedence for English Language Learners
: the condition of being more important than something or someone else and therefore coming or being dealt with first
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