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precedence

noun [U]     /ˈpresɪdəns/
the fact that something is more important than other things and should be dealt with first: The cases led to a debate about whether human rights should sometimes take precedence over national security.give precedence to sth Many companies are currently giving precedence to short-term gains.
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