What does the word precedence mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Precedent.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • The act or right of preceding. precedency.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Precedencely.

Usage examples for precedence

  1. A quarrel between the different regiments as to the right of precedence precipitated the attack, before the reserve, consisting of some picked companies of Mondragon's veterans, had been able to arrive. – History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  2. Under this plan, union standards as to hours of labor, rates of wages and working conditions prevail, and, when hiring help, union men of the necessary qualifications and degree of skill must have precedence over non- union men. – The Trade Union Woman by Alice Henry
  3. My mother is, however, of the contrary opinion, having been told that her daughter as a bishop's lady will take precedence and be led out before Lady Hercules. – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat