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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, priority]
2 preceding in time [syn: priority, antecedence, antecedency, anteriority, precedence] [ant: posteriority]
3 the act of preceding in time or order or rank (as in a ceremony) [syn: precession, precedence]
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