• WordNet 3.6
    • n priority preceding in time
    • n priority 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In most places, when a drawbridge is open, the only land vehicle that can claim priority over boats is a truck hauling the US mail. This option is seldom if ever exercised, of course.
    • Priority Precedence; superior rank.
    • Priority The quality or state of being prior or antecedent in time, or of preceding something else; as, priority of application.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n priority The state of being prior or antecedent, or of preceding something else: as, priority of birth: opposed to posteriority.
    • n priority Precedence in place or rank; the having of certain rights before another.
    • n priority In law, a precedence or preference, as when one debt is paid in priority to others, or when an execution is said to lose its priority by the neglect of the party to enforce it.
    • n priority Apriority. Synonyms Priority, Antecedence, Precedence, Preëminence, Predominance, Preference, Superiority, Supremacy. Priority is the state or fact of coming first in order of time; what little use it has beyond this meaning is only a figurative extension. Antecedence is strictly priority, without any proper figurative use. Precedence may mean priority, but generally means the right to go or come first, the privilege of going before another: as, the question of precedence among sovereigns or ambassadors makes great trouble, because the dignity of the nations represented is supposed to be at stake. Preeminence is, figuratively, height by nature above all others, generally in some one respect: as, the preeminence of Shakspere as a dramatist. Predominance is superior and dominating power or influence: as, the predominance of a certain faction; figuratively, the predominance of light or shade or a particular color in a certain picture. Preference is the putting forward of a person or thing by choice, on the ground of worthiness, or on account of the taste, fancy, or arbitrary will of the one preferring: as, to give the preference to Milton over Dante. Superiority may refer to nature or to given or achieved position over others; it differs from supremacy as the comparative differs from the superlative degree: as, the superiority of the appearance of certain troops; the superiority of the dairy-products of a certain region: superiority to one's circumstances; supremacy on the land and supremacy on the sea do not always go together. See previous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Priority state of being prior or first in time, place, or rank: preference
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  • Charles A. Garfield
    Charles A. Garfield
    “Action expresses priorities.”
  • Edward Fox
    Edward Fox
    “Being a gentleman is the number one priority, the chief question integral to our national life.”
  • H. L. Hunt
    H. L. Hunt
    “Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.”
  • Robert J. Mckain
    Robert J. Mckain
    “Strategic planning will help you fully uncover your available options, set priorities for them, and define the methods to achieve them.”
  • Stephen R. Covey
    “Priority is a function of context.”
  • Tom Hopkins
    Tom Hopkins
    “Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. priorité,. See Prior (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. prior, former, comp. from pro-, in front.


In literature:

The insolent favorite even ventured to treat the queen with disdain, assuming the priority.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
The priority of the records to the events admits of no question.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
I resolved to follow that rule of polite society, which extends priority to the softer sex.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
In other instances, no priority can properly be indicated.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
Getting there had first priority.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
But what is that about priority.
"Stuyvesant" by Jacob Abbott
Defeating terrorism is our nation's primary and immediate priority.
"National Strategy for Combating Terrorism" by United States
Preventing their acquisition and the dire consequences of their use is a key priority of this strategy.
"National Strategy for Combating Terrorism" by United States
The system has, nominally, 16 automatic interrupt channels arranged in a priority chain.
"Preliminary Specifications: Programmed Data Processor Model Three (PDP-3)" by Digital Equipment Corporation
Orders were being filled on time, with top priorities given to the biggest cities in his area, and working down to the smallest towns.
"Watchbird" by Robert Sheckley
The first has the logical priority.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
In this way days, months, and years of priority would give no force to the patent!
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
His eyebrows went up when he realized it was a priority call which probably meant from London.
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
They were not prepared to give priority to either mind or matter.
"God and the World" by Arthur W. Robinson
Reserve training receives little publicity and probably has low priority.
"Area Handbook for Romania" by Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
A bristling mustache rather appealed to Gizzard, but was denied him on the ground of priority.
"Sube Cane" by Edward Bellamy Partridge
The priority in this as in most of the other aspects of the Renaissance belongs to Italy.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
The question between them is priority of invention.
"Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman" by Albert Sidney Bolles
Many of these still retain their place in our scientific classifications, and attest his priority of arrangement.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
This question of priority became of burning interest for him.
"The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick

In poetry:

"Are we endowed with heavenly breath,
And God's own form, that we should win
A proud priority of sin,
And teach creation death?
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

Yesterday, a forum was held for the Hmong community and veterans to compare priorities they look for in candidates running for state and federal offices.
"I want my girls to know that no matter what else is going on, they're my first priority," the president recently told Essence magazine.
State officials say don't delay the back-to-school priority.
House candidate Pam Gulleson called for an investment in America's priorities to turn the economy around in speaking to the Minot Rotary Club Monday.
Andre Johnson's priorities are in order .
Director of Federal Tax Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Chuck Marr is the director of federal tax policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Increasing the proportion of Americans whose levels of educational attainment extend beyond a high school diploma is a broad national priority.
Saving and Health are top priorities for consumers in the United States and Western Europe, while the importance of Luxury has fallen, according to a new global survey by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
MARQUETTE, MI – ( Great Lakes Radio News ) – The Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority in Marquette County is updating their five-year recreation master plan and is looking for the public's input on priorities.
Maggietranquila Maggie, one has to have the right priciples and priorities.
The nation's first black attorney general says preserving civil rights remains a US Justice Department priority.
During his two-year term, Bartlett will work closely with the board, Alliance headquarters staff and other Alliance shareholders to shape strategy and set priorities for the group.
The new Bloc Party album and another writing project are his priorities now.
Any decisions about the farm bill are certain to be dictated in part by the tight calendar, a weighty list of fiscal and tax issues that are seen as top priorities and larger political tides that have worked against the bill all year.

In science:

Addition of components for solving continuous CSPs is one of our priority for the near future.
Component Programming and Interoperability in Constraint Solver Design
Zermelo were concerned with priority issues, while C.
Incompleteness, Complexity, Randomness and Beyond
This result is certainly well-known and we claim no priority.
Distance Semantics for Belief Revision
Reasoning about priorities in default logic.
Evaluating Defaults
PNe had the highest priority while GC candidates were used to fill empty fibers in the uncrowded halo regions.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
Also, since the priorities are independent, each node is equally likely to have the largest priority.
The Random Buffer Tree : A Randomized Technique for I/O-efficient Algorithms
I/O’s as m blocks of then sorted w.r.t. the priority value s .
The Random Buffer Tree : A Randomized Technique for I/O-efficient Algorithms
If the buffer now contains more than (3 /4 )m blocks of elements, all but the largest m /2 blocks of elements with respect to priority are pushed to the buffers at the next lower level in search order of the key values.
The Random Buffer Tree : A Randomized Technique for I/O-efficient Algorithms
Construct a new (insert) element consisting of the new element to be i n se r ted , having the given key and assign a random priority from a u niform and con t inuous ra ndom distribution. 2.
The Random Buffer Tree : A Randomized Technique for I/O-efficient Algorithms
Construct a new (search) element with the given key and priority zero. 2.
The Random Buffer Tree : A Randomized Technique for I/O-efficient Algorithms
Acknowledgment: Our collaboration has been supported in part by the DFG in the priority program “Quasicrystals”.
Generic sets in spaces of measures and generic singular continuous spectrum for Delone Hamiltonians
The priority ordering of position choices above was designed to maximize the signal-to-noise of the data being used for positional determination.
The Extended Chandra Deep Field-South Survey. Chandra Point-Source Catalogs
The former is a project within the DFG Priority Programme SPP 1033 “Interagierende stochastische Systeme von hoher Komp lexit ¨at”.
Energetic and dynamic properties of a quantum particle in a spatially random magnetic field with constant correlations along one direction
Here, selecting the most appropriate protocol depends on our priorities concerning refocusing and preservation of coherence.
Dynamical control of qubit coherence: Random versus deterministic schemes
My leading priority is the development of a selfconsistent theory that is grounded on the conjecture of boundedness and coherence.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos