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
In 2015, Hawaii played four of its last five games at home (three conference games and one non-conference contest), so there is some precedence for a backloaded schedule, though not quite to this extent.
Committed to Southern independence, most planters were also devoted to the survival of plantation slavery, and when these goals clashed, the latter often took precedence.
The intense rush of precedence rides against Prescott, in other words.
In other words, despite the anger from America's traditional allies and many American voters, Trump's cordial relations with Putin and other autocrats seem to take precedence over concerns about values and shared interests.
Anyone who chauffeurs people for a living can expect to have their movements tracked as safety will take precedence over privacy, and rightly so.
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Origin and Etymology of precedence
First Known Use: 15th century
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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