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Priority definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PRIOR'ITY, n. The state of being antecedent in time, or of preceding something else; as priority of birth. The priority of Homer or Hesiod has been a subject of dispute.
1. Precedence in place or rank.
Priority of debts, is a superior claim to payment, or to payment before others.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: status established in order of importance or urgency; "...its precedence as the world's leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals"; "national independence takes priority over class struggle" [syn: precedence, precedency, priority]
2: preceding in time [syn: priority, antecedence, antecedency, anteriority, precedence, precedency] [ant: posteriority, subsequence, subsequentness]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -ties) Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) the quality or state of being prior (2) precedence in date or position of publication used of taxa b. (1) superiority in rank, position, or privilege (2) legal precedence in exercise of rights over the same subject matter 2. a preferential rating; especially one that allocates rights to goods and services usually in limited supply <that project has top priority> 3. something given or meriting attention before competing alternatives

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) 1 the fact or condition of being earlier or antecedent. 2 precedence in rank etc. 3 an interest having prior claim to consideration. Derivatives: prioritize v.tr. (also -ise). prioritization n. Etymology: ME f. OF priorité f. med.L prioritas -tatis f. L prior (as PRIOR)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Priority Pri*or"i*ty, n. [Cf. F. priorit['e]. See Prior, a.] 1. The quality or state of being prior or antecedent in time, or of preceding something else; as, priority of application. 2. Precedence; superior rank. --Shak. Priority of debts, a superior claim to payment, or a claim to payment before others. Syn: Antecedence; precedence; pre["e]minence.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(priorities) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. If something is a priority, it is the most important thing you have to do or deal with, or must be done or dealt with before everything else you have to do. Being a parent is her first priority... The government's priority is to build more power plants... N-COUNT 2. If you give priority to something or someone, you treat them as more important than anything or anyone else. The school will give priority to science, maths and modern languages... PHRASE: V inflects, usu PHR to n 3. If something takes priority or has priority over other things, it is regarded as being more important than them and is dealt with first. The fight against inflation took priority over measures to combat the deepening recession... PHRASE: V inflects, usu PHR over n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Antecedence, anteriority, precedence.

Moby Thesaurus

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