primacy

noun
pri·​ma·​cy | \ ˈprī-mə-sē How to pronounce primacy (audio) \

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

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Examples of primacy in a Sentence

Civil law took primacy over religious law. She has established primacy in her field of study.

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But shareholder primacy isn’t a new phenomenon: Birinyi Associates, a market research firm, has tracked $9.9 trillion in stock buyback announcements since 1984. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Corporate stock buybacks are booming, thanks to the Republican tax cuts," 22 Mar. 2018 Its ubiquitous Windows system was losing its primacy and a costly bet on acquiring Nokia’s mobile-phone business had failed to pay off. Matt Murray, WSJ, "Microsoft’s Resurgence Under Satya Nadella," 1 Feb. 2019 But what pushes it above the rest is the utter drive of both Max and Herman, as love and competition gains primacy over every aspect of their lives. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 Faster than anyone thought possible, Japan ceased to be a threat to U.S. economic primacy. Peter Landers, WSJ, "The Old U.S. Trade War With Japan Looms Over Today’s Dispute With China," 13 Dec. 2018 The album’s primacy was in trouble as soon as iTunes and the iPod encouraged shuffling. New York Times, "Post Malone and Rae Sremmurd, Hip-Hop Impressionists Shaping the Stream," 9 May 2018 Roundtable participants agreed that: Intercollegiate athletics programs at all levels must respect the primacy of the academic enterprise and remain firmly grounded in it. Ted Mitchell, Washington Post, "Higher education must clean out its ‘front porch’," 25 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, the Kurds, who held a referendum on independence one year ago, are now instead competing for primacy in Baghdad. Ghassan Adnan And Isabel Coles, WSJ, "Iraq Lawmakers Delay Vote to Elect New President," 1 Oct. 2018 The group distributed Zinke’s memo Tuesday in a news release and called it a stunning abdication of federal primacy for wildlife management on federal lands. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Zinke seeks more state wildlife management on federal lands," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of primacy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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primacy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of primacy

formal : the state of being most important or strongest

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