What does the word paramount mean?

Usage examples for paramount

  1. It is a bad thing for a clever and ardent man not to have from the onset some paramount object of life. – Ernest Maltravers, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  2. And who can say that he has purchased an indulgence to disobey a law which is in some respects paramount to every other, however great the price he may have paid? – The Young Man's Guide by William A. Alcott