Part of speech: noun

The state of being first.

Part of speech: noun

The office of a primate. primateship.

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Usage examples "primacy":

  1. Pope Alexander, who had assisted William in his conquests, naturally expected that the French and Normans would import into England the same reverence for his sacred character with which they were impressed in their own country; and would break the spiritual as well as civil independency of the Saxons, who had hitherto conducted their ecclesiastical government, with an acknowledgment indeed of primacy in the see of Rome, but without much idea of its title to dominion or authority. - "The History of England, Volume I", David Hume.
  2. The primacy of the Senate quickly led to recognition of the value of seats in it. - "The United States Since The Civil War", Charles Ramsdell Lingley.
  3. It would consequently have been fatal to them and their pretensions to the primacy of Egypt if the reign of the young king had continued as long as might naturally have been expected. - "History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 5 (of 12)", G. Maspero.