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seniority

noun [U] uk   /ˌsiː.niˈɒr.ɪ.ti/ us    /siːˈnjɔːr.ə.t̬i/

seniority noun [U] (LONG TIME)

the advantage that you get by working for a company for a long time: In future, promotion will be based on merit not seniority.

seniority noun [U] (HIGH RANK)

the state of being higher in rank than someone else: I suppose I was impressed by his seniority.
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