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precedence

noun [U] uk   /ˈpres.ɪ.dəns/ us    /-ə.dens/
the condition of being dealt with before other things or of being considered more important than other things: Precedence must be given to the injured in the evacuation plans. Business people often think that fluency and communication take precedence over grammar when speaking. formal the order of importance given to people in particular societies, groups, or organizations: The order of precedence for titled nobility in Britain is duke, marquis, earl, viscount, baron.
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