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English definition of “pre-eminent”

pre-eminent

adjective uk   /ˌpriːˈem.ɪ.nənt/ formal us  
more important or better than others: She is the pre-eminent authority in her subject.
pre-eminence
noun [U] uk   /ˌpriːˈem.ɪ.nəns/ us  
His pre-eminence in his subject is internationally recognized.
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