• WordNet 3.6
    • adj paramount having superior power and influence "the predominant mood among policy-makers is optimism"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Paramount Having the highest rank or jurisdiction; superior to all others; chief; supreme; preëminent; as, a paramount duty. "A traitor paramount ."
    • n Paramount The highest or chief.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • paramount Supreme; superior in power or jurisdiction; chief: as, lord paramount, the supreme lord of a fee, or of lands, tenements, and hereditaments. Under the feudal system the sovereign is lord paramount, of whom all the land in the kingdom is supposed to be held mediately or immediately. This is still the theory of the English law, the ultimate property of all lauds being regarded as in the crown.
    • paramount Above; superior to: with a prepositional force.
    • paramount Eminent; of the highest order; especially, of chief or superior importance; above all others as regards importance; superior: as, the paramount duty of a citizen.
    • n paramount The chief; the highest in rank or importance; a superior.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Paramount par′a-mownt superior to all others: chief: of the highest order or importance—opp. to Paravail
    • n Paramount the chief: a superior
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. par amont, above; par, through, by (L. per,) + amont, above. See Amount


In literature:

The need of new stimuli is a paramount need of the human being.
"The Nervous Housewife" by Abraham Myerson
The influence of water communication is of paramount importance in determining the situation of towns in early times.
"The Story of Geographical Discovery" by Joseph Jacobs
The laying of a great foundation is, however, a thing of paramount importance and it must not be done in a hurry.
"The Fight For The Republic in China" by Bertram Lenox Putnam Weale
Now, they saw Redmond thrown over, and by a combination in which the clerical influence, so much distrusted by them, was paramount.
"John Redmond's Last Years" by Stephen Gwynn
I took this action for what I regarded as the paramount interests of this country.
"Messages and Papers of William McKinley V.2." by William McKinley
Ruled over by a number of small chiefs, they mostly own Lewanika as their paramount chief, and to him they pay tribute.
"South African Memories" by Lady Sarah Wilson
One cardinal fault is the lack of humour, which to my mind is the paramount objection to its popular acceptance.
"Life of Robert Browning" by William Sharp
She was similarly absurd in the paramount matter of the safe.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
On the other hand, Germany acquired the land north of Lake Nyassa, where British interests had been paramount.
"The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)" by John Holland Rose
The triumph of American principles is paramount to your obligation to Elton.
"Unleavened Bread" by Robert Grant
Paramount there, she was still more paramount here.
"A Christmas Garland" by Max Beerbohm
At first the sense of horror and shame was paramount.
"Father Stafford" by Anthony Hope
First of all, paramount in his hopeless trouble, the desire to save others from pain persisted.
"The Younger Set" by Robert W. Chambers
Paramount in importance above everything else is the establishment and maintenance of peace between nations.
"Rebuilding Britain" by Alfred Hopkinson
The paramount concern, then, of maritime strategy is to determine the mutual relations of your army and navy in a plan of war.
"Some Principles of Maritime Strategy" by Julian Stafford Corbett
Apart from the abstract but paramount question of Home Rule, there are no formed political principles or parties.
"The Framework of Home Rule" by Erskine Childers
Washington, therefore, could regard, and did regard nothing as a paramount political interest but the integrity of the Union itself.
"Washington's Birthday" by Various
His own creations however, were of paramount interest to him.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
Besides, the community exacted it as a paramount duty.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
Colonel Harrington was a power in Pleasantville, his will and his way were paramount there.
"Bart Stirling's Road to Success" by Allen Chapman

In poetry:

To hearts that break with misery,
To every tortured frame
The present pain is paramount,
Nirvana but a name.
"Before A Statue Of Buddha" by John Lawson Stoddard
All that thou dreamest of paramount power
Fate shall concede to thee, chieftain sublime!
Yet shall it prove but the joy of an hour;
Fortune avenges her favors ... with time!
"To The Portrait Of Napoleon, As First Consul" by John Lawson Stoddard
And Tristram, `Last to my Queen Paramount,
Here now to my Queen Paramount of love
And loveliness—ay, lovelier than when first
Her light feet fell on our rough Lyonnesse,
Sailing from Ireland.'
"The Last Tournament" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

The West Virginia town that had a role in the new Paramount Pictures film "Super8" is going to celebrate the premiere with a party.
The Rise of Cobra Directed by Stephen Sommers Paramount Pictures Opens August 7.
Fiona Apple at the Paramount Theatre on 7/20.
Paramount Pictures, Jaimie Trueblood Victoria Justice (from left) and Jane Levy star in "Fun Size," about a Halloween night gone horribly wrong for a teen left in charge of her little brother.
How to Train Your Dragon Directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois Paramount Pictures Opens March 26.
Protesters arrested at Paramount location.
Walmart workers plan Black Friday walkout PARAMOUNT.
To rate the antispyware applications in this roundup, we considered as paramount the products' ability to detect and remove spyware.
In fact, in all sports, balance is paramount.
An array of local talent will be taking center stage at the Paramount Theatre to benefit the United Way of Rutland as the 17th annual Really Big Show returns Saturday.
Top Gun 2' was once a high priority at Paramount with Tom Cruise and director Tony Scott all set to return – some 25 years later – to classic 80s hit.
"Star Trek Into Darkness 3D" stars Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg and Anton Yelchin in a Paramount release.
LACMA's animation screenings have been unusually strong this year, including a sold-out UPA show in March and an upcoming Paramount show on Thursday.
She worked at Paramount Restaurant Supply Corp.
BOSTON — ArtsEmerson became one of the most valuable players in the local scene as soon as it reopened the Paramount Theatre two years ago.

In science:

For the description of isospin mixing, an accurate determination of Coulomb matrix elements is of course of paramount importance (see for instance the discussion of Coulomb energy differences in A = 47 and A = 49 mirror pairs ).
Isospin mixing in a particle-number conserving microscopic approach
Einstein’s in fluence in cosmology is paramount, Special Rel ativity is crucial in high energy physics, which plays an important role in astronomy and cosmology, as many processes one studies in these areas are very energetic.
Geometrical constraints on dark energy models
The very first data will be of paramount importance for a timely understanding of this quantity.
The NLO multileg working group: summary report
EUD as an activity is paramount to information systems development and even software development.
Exploring Human Factors in Spreadsheet Development
The complexity of the Einstein equations requires a sophisticated approach toward writing software in order to produce reliable results. Efficiency is paramount, when one actually aims to make the connection to data analysis, where large parameter studies are expected to be required.
Numerical modeling of black holes as sources of gravitational waves in a nutshell
Therefore, it is of paramount importance to construct families of tests that do not depend on the unknown parameter p and, at the same time, provide the best possible asymptotical minimax efficiency.
Minimax nonparametric testing in a problem related to the Radon transform
This information will be of paramount importance to improve the modelling of microscopic BH production in event generators.
Numerical simulations of black-hole binaries and gravitational wave emission
The choice of the summary statistics in Bayesian inference and in par ticular in ABC algorithms is paramount to produce a valid outcome.
Relevant statistics for Bayesian model choice
At a methodological level, the classification of summary statistics resulting from the present study is paramount: when comparing models with a given range of potential summary statistics, the expectations of the various summary statistics can be evaluated by simulation under all models.
Relevant statistics for Bayesian model choice
Many theoretical proposals exist for constructing entangled coherent states in the laboratory but so far the paramount experimental demonstration uses a photon-subtraction technique on two approximate Schr¨odinger cat states so that the source of the photon is indeterminate [71, 96].
Review of Entangled Coherent States
It is shown that consideration of gravitational self energy is paramount both for matter and for radiation to bring present data estimates of matter and radiation density and the radius of the universe towards agreement with the Planck scale quantities from which it should have consistently evolved.
Speakable and unspeakable in cosmology: dark matter vs. gravitational self energies. Hubble's constant, the cosmological term and all that
It provides the basis of particle physics, chemistry, solid state physics, and it is of paramount importance for many technological achievements.
Information-theoretic postulates for quantum theory
This feature is of paramount importance for Hypernuclear Spectroscopy studies (see Sec. 3) and also for investigations on the Weak Decay, which occurs mainly for Hypernuclei in the ground state (see Sec. 4).
Strangeness nuclear physics: a critical review on selected topics
For studies of Hypernuclear spectroscopy it is of paramount importance to measure the Hypernuclear energy spectra minimizing the background, that should forbid the observation of states produced with a low strength.
Strangeness nuclear physics: a critical review on selected topics
Of paramount importance will be the experimental verification of the possible existence of Ξ –Hypernuclei, with the related possibility of extracting information on the Ξ – nucleus potential and then on the ΞN interaction.
Strangeness nuclear physics: a critical review on selected topics