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
One of the best things about sports is that when the practices start almost all of the animosity and cultural and racial differences are forgotten because winning takes precedence over almost anything else.
For now, the report, which was published last week, gives priority to the looser standard, but when the CDC issues its next report two years from now, the more stringent measure will take precedence.
Combine that with the addition of Carlos Hyde in the off-season and the Browns having a top-half-of-the-league rush attack, and the other two positions should take precedence here.
Before the rules were changed in 2012, male heirs took precedence.
But, under this philosophy, the supremacy clause of the Constitution, which dictates that federal law takes precedence over state law, is irrelevant.
This put an end to the old-fashioned system of male preference primogeniture — where princes would take precedence over their older sisters.
The feds hit him with a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and that prosecution took precedence.
Religious and historical subjects took precedence; landscapes and portraits followed; genre scenes next, and, at the bottom of the chain, mere flowers, foods and fruits, objects on display.
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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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