primacy

noun pri·ma·cy \ ˈprī-mə-sē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of primacy

1 : the state of being first (as in importance, order, or rank) : preeminence
  • the primacy of intellectual and esthetic over materialistic values
  • —T. R. McConnell
2 : the office, rank, or preeminence of an ecclesiastical primate

Examples of primacy in a Sentence

  1. Civil law took primacy over religious law.

  2. She has established primacy in her field of study.

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First Known Use of primacy

14th century


PRIMACY Defined for English Language Learners

primacy

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Definition of primacy for English Language Learners

  • : the state of being most important or strongest


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