hierarchical

adjective
hi·​er·​ar·​chi·​cal | \ ˌhī-(ə-)ˈrär-ki-kəl How to pronounce hierarchical (audio) also hir-ˈär- \
variants: or hierarchic \ ˌhī-​(ə-​)ˈrär-​kik How to pronounce hierarchical (audio) also  hir-​ˈär-​ \

Definition of hierarchical

: of, relating to, or arranged in a hierarchy a hierarchical society a hierarchical order in the church

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hierarchically \ ˌhī-​(ə-​)ˈrär-​ki-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hierarchical (audio) also  hir-​ˈär-​ \ adverb

Examples of hierarchical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For Jones, the cooperative model became a north star, a way to democratize ownership and control of the business while maintaining a non-hierarchical workplace. Nikishka Iyengar, Bon Appétit, 8 Oct. 2021 Royal families are, by nature, hierarchical and insular. Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2021 Royal families are, by nature, hierarchical and insular. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Sep. 2021 With lots of content, a pillar page creates a hierarchical map. Karan Sharma, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Its definitions of nationhood were hierarchical and based on notions of differential development. Fara Dabhoiwala, The New York Review of Books, 1 July 2021 The Embassy, like most, was deeply hierarchical, with the ambassador and deputy chief of mission handling most important engagements. New York Times, 7 July 2021 The Chief Enablement Officer Organizations have typically used a hierarchical system that places the CEO at the top and assumes the most intelligent employees will work their way up into decision-making roles. Monica Bua, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Indian society has traditionally been divided into a hierarchical system called caste or jati, which is not limited to Hindus, but which most Hindus have observed throughout history. CNN, 18 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of hierarchical

1561, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hierarchical

see hierarchy

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The first known use of hierarchical was in 1561

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13 Oct 2021

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“Hierarchical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hierarchical. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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