Meaning of “precedence” in the English Dictionary

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"precedence" in British English

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precedencenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈpres.ɪ.dəns/ us /ˈpres.ə.dens/

(Definition of “precedence” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"precedence" in American English

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precedencenoun [ U ]

us /ˈpres·ɪ·dəns/

the condition of being dealt with before other things or of being considered more important than other things:

What takes precedence here, environmental cost or consumer convenience?

(Definition of “precedence” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"precedence" in Business English

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precedencenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈpresɪdəns/ us

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.

(Definition of “precedence” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)