preeminence

noun
pre·​em·​i·​nence | \ prē-ˈe-mə-nən(t)s How to pronounce preeminence (audio) \

Definition of preeminence

: the quality or state of being preeminent : superiority

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the restaurant is known for the preeminence of its seafood dishes some historians contended that no nation had attained such undisputed preeminence since the glory days of the Roman Empire
Recent Examples on the Web Columbia was not considered well-managed; an internal study faulted the university for the erosion of standards in some departments, a loss of preeminence in social sciences, and a growing paucity of elite faculty talent. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Michael I. Sovern, who led Columbia in eventful era," 24 Jan. 2020 The overarching American aim was preeminence, both ideological and military: as a consequence of the ongoing war, America was henceforth to represent freedom and power—not in any particular region or hemisphere but throughout the world. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's Magazine, "The Old Normal," 27 Apr. 2020 De Wilde indulges Emma in her wish for preeminence. The Conversation, "Perfection comes at a price in latest adaptation of Austen’s ‘Emma’," 27 Mar. 2020 The overarching American aim was preeminence, both ideological and military: as a consequence of the ongoing war, America was henceforth to represent freedom and power—not in any particular region or hemisphere but throughout the world. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's magazine, "The Old Normal," 2 Mar. 2020 Faced with the rise of China and a new wave of disruptive technological innovation…the United States must once again make technological preeminence a national goal. David Meyer, Fortune, "A New Sputnik Moment: CEO Daily," 18 Sep. 2019 As long as the federal grant-approval process remains sclerotic and risk-averse, American scientists will be unlikely to maintain their global preeminence. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Why American Scientists Take Chinese Money," 3 Feb. 2020 Milk’s preeminence began to wane a bit in the 1970s as the birthrate declined and nutritionists questioned the amount of fat in American diets. jsonline.com, "Americans love soda, fancy water and fake milk. Can the dairy industry keep up?," 7 Jan. 2020 Only the nuclear preeminence of the United States deterred Stalin from moving against an almost prostrate Western Europe. Conrad Black, National Review, "Trump’s NATO Successes," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of preeminence

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Preeminence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preeminence. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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